Fairy Tale Fashion

GILES exhibits at MFIT

Our favourite fairy tales have long inspired fashion, from Little Red Riding Hood’s cape to Dorothy’s slippers. The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (MFIT) charts this history from the 18th century to the present day with its big spring show Fairy Tale Fashion, which opens this week.

Associate curator Colleen Hill has selected over 80 objects from the world’s best designers and takes visitors through forests, castles, seas and parallel worlds to uncover how fashion casts its fantastical spell while commenting on our lust for privilege, transformation and escape.

Four GILES catwalk pieces join the exhibition’s display – a feather-printed silk cocktail dress from S/S 12, a gauzy hand burnished gown from A/W 12 and snake and monster motif looks from S/S 15 – with each one telling stories of folklore, wonder and delight.

Other brands taking part include Thom Browne, Prada, Rodarte, Alexander McQueen and Walter Van Beirendonck. Plus there will be illustrations by Edmund Dulac and Arthur Rackham, photography by Kirsty Mitchell and set design by Kim Ackert.

15 January - 16 April at The Museum at FIT, New York For more information visit MFT

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