The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York opens a fresh and wonderful new exhibition called “Story Teller: Fairy Tales Fashion. The show is 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.
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.”
Below are a few of the looks that are on display, the exhibition will run at the institute until April 16th.
Photos courtesy, WWD
Cover photo by Kirsty Mitchell