One of the things I love to do whenever possible is take myself to fashion exhibitions at The Museum at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology); these opportunities provide me with endless inspiration. Yesterday, I caught the latest exhibition, Fairy Tale Fashion, so rich in beauty and imagination. As you enter, you literally walk through a forest of fairy tales and storytelling, with fashion-inspired couture to match. Well-known tales like Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Alice in Wonderland, Rapunzel, and The Wizard of Oz are represented as are designers Tom Ford, Christian Louboutin, Dolce & Gabbana, Rodarte, Alexander McQueen, and Comme des Garçons. But the real treat are the lesser-known facts and surprises in the stories themselves.
We may not be aware consciously of the role that clothing plays in our storytelling, but everything taken from our lore becomes the foundation for fashion designers and the items with which we choose to fill our closets. Think of the red cape worn by Red Riding Hood, or Cinderellla’s ball gown, or Dorothy’s ruby red slippers, or the mermaid-style strapless dress from The Little Mermaid. I was captivated and transported in time and imagination. And I will live happily ever after. Thank you, FIT!