#37 Fairy Tale Fashion

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A fantastical exhibit at the Museum at FIT explores the connection between haute couture and the folk stories of the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, and Charles Perrault, among others.

Christine and associate curator Colleen Hill chat about the process of organizing the show, how fast fashion is pushing designers toward the fantastical, and why we might want to teach kids traditional fairy tales rather than the sanitized Disney versions. Fairy Tale Fashion runs through April 16 (2016), so if you can’t go in person, visit virtually here.
Music: “Sweet Water” and “Welcome Home,” by David Szesztay.
Photographs courtesy of The Museum at FIT.

FairyTales_16Clothing and accessories illustrating Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. From left to right: dress by Dolce and Gabbana, 1980s dress by Louis Féraud, shoe by Nicholas Kirkwood, dress by Manish Arora, 1990s waistcoat by Audrey Buckner, dress by Undercover, man’s ensemble by Walter Van Beirendonck, ensemble by Hideki Seo.

FairyTales_10Clothing and accessories illustrating Beauty and the Beast. From left to right: dress by Mary Katrantzou, shoes by Christian Louboutin, ensemble by Giles, 18-century man’s suit and woman’s gown, dress by Rodarte.


Ensembles illustrating “The Little Mermaid.” From left to right: clothing by Charles James, Hideki Seo, Thierry Mugler, Norman Norell, Rodarte, and Jean Louis Sabaji.

FairyTales_07Clothing illustrating Little Red Riding Hood. From left to right: 18th cetury cloak, 19th century nightgown, 1970s cloak by Giorgio di Sant’Angelo, cloak by Altuzarra, dress by Dolce and Gabbana, ensemble by Comme des Garçons. Chanel No. 5 video courtesy of Chanel.

FairyTales_09Gown illustrating Snow White and Rose Red by Dolce and Gabbana, with view of platform illustrating Cinderella.

FairyTales_12Clothing and accessories illustrating Cinderella. From left to right: shoes by Nicholas Kirkwood, ensemble by Vivienne Westwood, 1910s dress by Boué Sours, dress by Altuzarra, and 1950s dress by Christian Dior.


  1. Erin

    Yay, she’s back!!! (Yes, this merits extra exclamation points.) I’ve missed the podcast so much, but I’m delighted to hear the reason for the long break – congratulations! I’m so glad for you. This was a marvelous episode, and I can’t wait for the next one! (Well – I can. But it will be lovely to listen to another one.) Huzzah! ::tosses tailor’s ham in the air::

  2. Kat

    I have been waiting for you!!!!! Sooooo glad you’re back you’re work is amazing

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