This past Saturday I went with my mentee and a friend to see the Fairy Tale Fashion exhibit at the Museum at F.I.T. The exhibit examines both the influence of fairy tales on high fashion and the significance of fashion in fairy tales. As noted by the curator, it is evident that in fairy tales “dress is often used to symbolize a character’s transformation, vanity, power, or privilege.”
The exhibit highlights 15 fairytales and pairs them with accessories and garments by famed designers such as Dolce and Gabbana, Tom Ford, Marchesa, Rodarte, Alexander McQueen, Rick Owens, and Prada. Although not all of the garments and accessories were directly inspired by fairy tales, it was easy to see the connection. It was also interesting and fun to read the summaries of many fairy tales that were unknown to my mentee and I. And the dresses were fantastical and stunning!
Fairy Tale Fashion is up until April 16, 2016 and I highly recommend it for children and adults alike!
After the exhibit, we walked a short distance to HARBS Japanese bakery. I had passed HARBS numerous times and seen the impressive cake display through the windows, but I had never been to the back tea room. The atmosphere was lovely!
The bakery is known for their crepe cakes, so we ordered the crepe cake of the day, which had layers or cinnamon and chocolate cream. It was delicious! We also enjoyed caramel tea and my mentee got the non-caffeinated fruit tea, which was bright red and appropriately magical-looking after the fairy tale show.
Although everything at HARBS was rather dear, it was definitely worth it. I can’t wait to go back! They also just opened a location on the UES.
For more info on HARBS, visit the website here.