And now, with a fanfare of trumpets and a wave of a wand, announcing the Historical Sew Fortnightly 2014 Challenge #6 (due Tuesday 1 April): Fairytale
Fairytales are full of beautiful costume imagery, from Little Red Riding Hood’s cape, through the dresses as golden as the sun, as silver as the moon, as dazzling as the stars, and the coat made of the fur and feathers of every beast and bird their was in Allerleirauh, to Cinderella’s famed slipper (whatever it was made from) and beautiful ballgown, and the Pied Pipers pied tunic.
In this challenge, imagine your favourite fairytale set in a specific timeperiod, and make a historical garment from the fairytale. Your fairytale can be classic, modern, Western, non-Western: as long as you can articulate why you think it qualifies then it counts!
Rather than providing historical garments as inspiration, here are how some illustrators have imagined various fairytales over the years:
Here is a charming 1920s does late Rococo take on Little Red Riding Hood from Project Gutenberg:
And a medieval meets Grecian Donkeyskin from Lang’s The Grey Fairy Book of 1900:
Anne Anderson did most of her illustrations in Medieval costumes, as with this version of The Swan Princes:
Her Cinderella, though, like many Cinderella’s, was set in the 18th century
This cunning picture-changing Victorian Cinderella by Dean and Sons ca. 1875 filters Elizabethan fashions through a mid-Victorian lense, with a hint of 18th century.
This illustration of the Twelve Dancing Princess as medieval maidens by Ruth Sanderson has been one of my favourite inspiration pieces ever since I recieved the entire image as a fold-out birthday card when I turned 10:
But I also love the 18th century twist that Errol le Caingave to the princesses:
And to finish off, here is Snow White as drawn by Franz JÃ¼ttner in 1910, in a simple Medieval inspired frock that reflects her youth and innocence:
And the Queen, in the elaborate finery one would expect from her:
Whether you go for simple or elaborate, I can’t wait to see what you make!