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Fairie-ality: The Fashion Collection from the House of Ellwand
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Fairie-ality: The Fashion Collection from the House of Ellwand

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by David Ellwand (Photographer), Eugenie Bird, David Downton (Illustrator)
 
Do you believe in fairies? How about high fashion? Enter the exquisite world of fairie fashion - where feathered hats are designed for maximum lift, oak leaf jackets boast ample wing vents, and flower-petal flats are easily removable for flight.

In the fairie world, there is only one top designer of couture and accessories . . .

Prepare to be enchanted!

Overview

Do you believe in fairies? How about high fashion? Enter the exquisite world of fairie fashion - where feathered hats are designed for maximum lift, oak leaf jackets boast ample wing vents, and flower-petal flats are easily removable for flight.

In the fairie world, there is only one top designer of couture and accessories . . .

Prepare to be enchanted! While humans go about their workaday lives, there is a secret world of well-dressed fairies flitting about in fragile fashions that would take your breath away - if only you could see them. Well, now you can. For the first time ever, elusive fairie couturier Ellwand allows mortals a peek at his ethereal designs in FAIRIE-ALITY, a catalogue so spectacularly crafted it befits a fairie queen herself. Showcased are nearly 150 creations - including dresses, jackets, trousers, shoes, hats, and delicate unmentionables - fashioned wholly from feathers, flower petals, shells, seeds, and other materials from nature. Consider these special features:

Extraordinary production elements, including three specially selected paper stocks; metallic inks; fold-out booklets; vellum envelope with removable fashion card; and numerous half-, third-, and quarter-pages, notably to showcase garments for a playful mix & match, offering dozens of outfits to create.

Drawings by celebrated fashion illustrator David Downton, capturing the graceful, but rarely glimpsed, fairie attired in Ellwand’s designs.

Witty and delightfully romantic captions by Eugenie Bird.

A breathless narrative by a young fairie guiding us from The Season’s start through May Day revelry and a Fairie Tale Wedding.

Filled with authentic fairie lore that will lure fairie lovers by the legion, this superbly designed volume also offers many clever nods to human fashion history. Its fun, fanciful costume descriptions will amuse the fashion-savvy everywhere, while the stunning array of fashions themselves - a veritable dress-up dream - will leave readers of all ages spellbound.

Editorial Reviews

bn.com
This sublime and well-designed book answers the frequently whispered question: What do well-dressed fairies wear when they leave their gossamer realm? Fairie haute couture specialists David Ellwand and Eugenie Bird present nearly 150 delicate outfits fit for any fairie queen. David Downton, one of Europe's leading fashion artists, illustrates these dresses, jackets, trousers, shoes, hats, and, dare we say, unmentionables, in full, sprightly color. Adding to the magic is the fact that all of these fairie fashions were magically crafted from feathers, flower petals, shells, seeds, and other materials from nature!
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. (Nov.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
VOYA
This premier fashion catalogue is for those tiny forest dwellers looking for the hottest trends and most up-to-date looks. More than one hundred large size, full-color pages are chock full of dresses, Capri pants, evening wear for both the male and female of the species, and even bridal attire for the entire wedding party. Each garment is beautifully crafted and the attire is photographed and laid out in a way that mimics perfectly the human version of a high-fashion catalogue. The clothing is made from completely natural fibers: flower petals, sticks, nuts, leaves, bark, and the like. Complementing the exquisite designs are gorgeous drawings and whimsical written descriptions of the featured faerie-wear and accessories. Several pages are split so that readers can create new combinations of outfits, trading different hats, pants, blouses, and skirts to make new looks. This beautiful browsing book is one that fashion-conscious girls of all ages will enjoy pouring through, but it will appeal to reluctant readers and all fans of faerie as well. It is a bit costly, but if accommodations can be made in the budget, it will be a fun addition to both school and public library shelves. Illus. Photos. VOYA CODES: 5Q 3P M J S (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2002, Candlewick, 130p,
— Kimberly Paone

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763614133
Publisher:
Candlewick Studio
Publication date:
11/28/2002
Series:
Fairie-ality Series
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
130
Sales rank:
826,868
Product dimensions:
10.25(w) x 12.38(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
3 Months to 18 Years

Meet 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.

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Fairie-ality: The Fashion Collection from the House of Ellwand 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book about two weeks ago on the new release display table, and once I had picked it up, I couldn't let it go. I'm happy I didn't. I design jewelry, and the costumes in this beautiful and innovative book (though supposedly designed for children) have been of great inspiration to me already. After showing it to several of my friends, they, too, have their own copies of this unique and fabulous book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In their search for identity, most teens change clothing and hair styles, some quite often and radically so. As a function of being a "teenager" parental advice goes unheeded, so I offer my teen guidance subtly through a variety of sources. This book proves to be yet another valuable resource!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Open this book and you are in a fantasy world of fairy fashion. The costumes are fashioned from dried flowers and all manner of plant material and are so beautiful, you wish someone in the real world would create something so luscious and beautiful for people. Page after page, you will ooh and ahh at the colors, ingenuity and design of this beautiful book.