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Fairie-ality: The Fashion Collection from the House of Ellwand Hardcover – November 1, 2002
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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.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"If only the coats and dresses created for Fairie-ality were life-size."
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Top Customer Reviews
The book itself is lovingly created, the paper heavy and glossy, the book substantially weighty and large. It works well as a coffee table book just because it's fun to look at; it doesn't need any other purpose. If you like faeries, if you like silly fashion and books that exist just because they look nice and make you smile and feel happier and don't need any deeper meaning than that, then this is perfect. I've paged through it many times and loaned it out quite a few more.
I have a niece who's very into faeries at the moment and I actually ended up recreating several outfits in this book for her dolls using parts of silk flowers and ribbons - so it's not just lovely to look at, it's inspirational too.
dear lovers of faerie fashion,
... made as a fashion collection of the latest offerings of the House of Ellwand, it features various leaves, vines and other elements of nature made into faerie costumes. Here we mean diminutive faeries, but still, the large and human shaped faerie can surely be inspired by it for their own fashion creation. This book really is a delight. Created for a lighter look at Fairy, just as the Gnomes books were years ago, it still has much to offer for those of us who take a somewhat more serious approach to our relationships with the Fairie worlds. This is a lovely and fun book and really quite unique and clever.
the silver elves
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.