The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology reinterprets the original fairy tales written by the storytellers Brothers Grimm, Charles Perrault and others…
It makes sense that we would continue to find fairy tales fascinating—they allow us to escape into a world away from our own.
Advances in technology continue to press the superiority of the rational mind, but there’s something seductive and powerful about surrendering to fantasy. Escaping from “responsibility” to act in accord with arbitrary standards in pursuit of freedom aptly summarizes the attitude of the millennial generation.
For younger generations, there has been a growing concern about a child’s inability to think imaginatively—why would a child want to dream of an imaginary friend if a game on their iPad can easily substitute the effort? It’s a widely known and accepted fact that creativity and imagination drive children to develop critical thinking and socialization skills.
The “Fairy Tale Fashion” exhibit is a beautiful curated collection of designer fashion, but it serves a greater purpose—it embodies the human desire to escape the mundane, if only for a little while.