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Fairie-ality: The Fashion Collection from the House of Ellwand Hardcover – November 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Series: Fairie-ality
  • Hardcover: 130 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; First Edition edition (November 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763614130
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763614133
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.7 x 12.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Fairies hover in a handful of enchanting offerings this fall. If Weetzie Bat were one, she might don the diminutive designs featured in Fairie-ality: The Fashion Collection from the House of Ellwand with "couture and photography" by Ellwand, captions by Eugenie Bird and illus. by David Downton. It's the materials that make the clothes so special. Organic offerings include Seashell Sandals, Harlequin Bell Bottoms made from red and yellow gerbera petals cinched with a daisy belt and, of course, the wedding dress, its gauzy train a delicate construction of goose feathers and calla lily, with a snail shell waistline and fluffy rabbit's foot clover rimming the bodice. The oversize edition is designed as an haute couture catalog; with saucy copy ("This elegant and sophisticated gown... blends drama and whimsy a perfect expression of the woman you are" reads the copy for the Mother-of-the-Bride Gown) and retro-Vogue illustrations it's spot-on and out of this world. Budding designers can test their fashion sense with a spread that overlays several 1/3 pages, allowing perusers to mix and match the ingenious outfits.
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About the Author

Eugenie Bird is a writer who leads a busy life covering the newest developments in the world of fairie HAUTE COUTURE while flying between homes in the Middle West and New England. Her farm is a well-known gathering place of FASHIONISTAS searching for tranquility away from the hurly-burly of New York, London, and European fashion centers.

David Downton’s renowned and widely published portraits of fashions and super-models, winged and unwinged, have earned him fame in both style circles. In the human milieu, he is considered one of Europe’s leading fashion artists, known for interpreting the designs of Dior, Chanel, Valentino, and Lacroix at the haute couture shows in Paris. His illustrations have appeared in such top fashion magazines as VOGUE, ELLE, and MARIE CLAIRE.

Customer Reviews

This book is good quality and hard covered.
anna
The colors, layout (including interesting folding pages and other unusual features) and photography are all refreshing and beautiful.
Shannon
I recommend this book to everyone who loves nature, dolls, and fashion.
R. Crosby

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Terrie on November 27, 2002
Format: Hardcover
If you want to know who's burning up the runways with the season's haute couture, look no further! Enjoy this detailed catalogue of The Fashion Collection known as Fairie-ality from the innovative and expressive House of Ellwand, designer to the Folk, par excellence.
I would have to say this is the most beautiful book I've seen in years and that it is one of my favorite books in my entire library, if not THE favorite. It is an elegant, beautifully crafted coffee table volume in a gold hard cover edition. It is delightfully witty and captures the fashion world's nuances and idosyncracies in good fun and high style. Whimsical water color sketches of a type from fashion's heyday in Vogue Magazine introduce the various themes and creations while full dazzling color photographs present exquisitely detailed and meticulously handcrafted high fashion of the fairy realm. The commentary is breezy and bright and oh, so, in the know! Charming inserts such as a mix and match catalogue, invitations, and advance notices are sprinkled throughout the book. The artistry is unparalleled and uses the finest of natural materials, including feathers, seeds, and myriad examples of the exotic floral and other botanical resources joined with a master's eye for flair, movement, and color. Enjoy eclectic designs filled with flash from shoes to hats and everything in between. Not only are you invited into this exclusive world of fashion but you are made privy to the parties, the cotillions, moonbeam swims, firefly hunting, midnight dancing and all of the biggest names in fairy society. Fashions for ladies and gentlemen grace these pages as do fashions for the entire wedding party from the flower girl to the bride.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 15, 2003
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This book is just beautiful. It's an obvious must have for Fairy lovers, but flower lovers will have their breath taken away as well. It's filled with whimsy and the most amazing artwork, it's perfect for just about anyone's coffee table who likes a lighthearted "something different".
Another plus to the book is how heavy the pages are. They're nice and substantial, meaning it's OKAY TO PAGE THROUGH without feeling like the book will flake apart in your hands! Often I find when books are about delicate fairies, they feel the book itself needs to be delicate - in this case, it's definitely for browsing.
It's simply beautiful, and remarkable, and memorable. A winner.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Kenaz Filan on November 14, 2002
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The illustrations in this book are absolutely gorgeous; this is one of the most stunning coffee table books I've ever seen. Since I am not acquainted with the world of couture, I can't tell you how well it succeeds as a send-up of high fashion catalogues. (I've gathered that there are many "in-jokes" within the text: I didn't get them, but it didn't hinder my enjoyment of this in the least).
This isn't just a book, it's a work of art. Highly, highly recommended.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "swyftdragon" on December 21, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I bought this as a gift for a friend and then just had to order my own. Fairy-lovers and anyone who's into arts and crafts will love this. Every aspect of this book is amazing, and obviously made with love and care and an eye for detail, from the outfits themselves down to the expensive paper they're printed on. I would have cheerfully paid almost twice the price and still felt like I got my money's worth. My only complaint (and not much of one) is that from the materials used in some of the clothes they would seem a little out of scale, unless we're dealing with some fairly large fairies. Then again it never mentions what kind of fairy it's intended for, they don't all have to be the size of Tinkerbell. This book has inspired me to try making fairy dresses, and it's a lot harder than it looks! I just wish it had come with instructions :)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 12, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I am not a Fairie expert at all but you do not need to be in order to find this book breathtaking.
As you browse the pages you can hear yourself wishing you could be a Fairie - did I mention the voice you make this wish in is your childhood dream voice? This book takes you to places you forgot about, places adventerous and daring that used to only belong to the child of your past.
I ordered this book to help get ideas for clients and got an adventure instead. I hope it is the same for you!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 21, 2002
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One of the great pleasures of this book (there are many) is the copy. It is incredibly witty and filled with literary and social references that leave the reader in stitches. The "Rose Pierott" is just one example of Bird really hitting her mark!
Ellwand's incredible creations set my imagination on fire. Looking through his designs reminded me of playing in the woods as a little boy, building stone and bark homes for gnomes. He takes my youthful imagination to a whole new level, though.
This is THE catalogue for the well-dressed fairie and a must-own for artist and dreamer alike!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 15, 2002
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Fairie-ality without doubt shows the genius of David Ellwand. David's beautiful designs complimented so well by the wonderful illustrations of David Downton and the writing of Eugenie Bird. It is without doubt the most beautiful book I have ever seen. Not only are David's garments awe-inspiring but his landscape photography is out of this world. Today more than ever we need awe and wonder in our lives and this book gives just that and so much more. A magnificently produced book using the finest paper and technology available today. The book is suitable for young and old alike and will give untold pleasure to many this Christmas and to future generations. This book will become a classic the world over. Congratulations to David Ellwand and all concerned with this book.
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