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April 25, 2012
No-one can resist a good children’s story – princesses, castles, happy endings, what’s not to like? It appears that the general public are not the only ones indulging in a little fairytale nostalgia now and again. Since the release of films such as Alice In Wonderland (2010), and Red Riding Hood (2011), a plethora of fictional heroines and heroes have been reborn on our cinema screens (Mirror Mirror out now is the latest adaptation, and features some stunning costumes); once again costume designers are looking upon fashion houses for inspiration in their creations.
The beauty of storytelling is how easily it travels between cultures and across continents – and this is even more so for the fashions within such tales, as no translation is required. So far it is only the well known fairy stories that have been mentioned, but plenty of designers have looked further afield to European folklore. Using this inspiration to build upon the festival boho chic and folk fashions of the last few summers, Proenza Schouler sent short and jacket two-piece suits down the runway, worn with wooden platforms in a nod to Rumpelstiltskin, and there were also shoes with bells on, leather shorts and even a swan headdress at Giles.
The trend continues into hair and makeup too, with maiden style braids enjoying a revival at Valentino, and the ever popular rose tinted cheeks and pretty pastels used on the face to give that innocent glow. So whether channelling your inner wicked queen, damsel in distress, or feisty rebel heroine, there is an option for all to embrace the world of make-believe and plenty of inspiration for costume and production designers to grasp at.