“Story Teller: Fairy tales” will take center stage on Friday when The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology opens “Fairy Tale Fashion.”
The show, as reported, was organized by associate curator Colleen Hill and will spotlight more than 80 objects and garments arranged in a fantastical setting designed by architect Kim Ackert. Artworks, illustrations and photographs on display will invoke tales such as “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Snow White,” “Rapunzel,” “Snow White” and more.
“This particular exhibit…is a wonderful example of the way the museum not only broadens [our students’] education but offers them — and indeed, our wider audience — creative inspiration, as well,” said Dr. Joyce F. Brown, the school’s president.
Valerie Steele, the museum’s director and chief curator, underscored the relevance of fairy tales in today’s fashion landscape. “The characters and themes resonate so strongly with our deepest fears and desires,” Steele said. “Fashion designers, in particular, have often drawn, consciously or unconsciously, on the wealth of iconic imagery from fairy tales. One thinks, for example, of the transformation when Cinderella’s rags are replaced by a beautiful ballgown….Even the idea of waking a ‘sleeping beauty’ has been applied to the process, whereby a talented designer can bring back to life a dormant fashion brand.”
Steele emphasized the range of looks on display, such as “the pairing of an actual red riding hood from the 18th century with the amazing red patent leather hooded cape by Comme des Garçons.”
WWD got an exclusive look at a few of the featured looks. The show runs through April 16.