Fairytale and Charles PerraultAFrench folktale,’The Bluebeard’ (see Figure 6), was first writtendown by the famous French author Charles Perrault (see Figure7) who regardedas the father of the fairytale (T .
Evans, 1805). The story talks about ayoung woman marries a rich blue-bearded (see Figure 8) widower who alsonotorious for his cruelty. He forbids her fromenters the lock chamber, proclaiming that disobedience can put her atrisk or even death. Like those before her thedefiant wife enters the room (see Figure 9 & Figure 10).
Discover the gruesome scene which there his murderedpredecessors (see Figure 11). Frightened, she drops the key into a pool ofblood. Due to the key is permanently stained, Bluebeard finds out her noncompliance(see Figure 12). He is about to kill her, but she is narrowly escapes hisclutches in a nick of time (see Figure 13). The brothers of the wife and hersister arrive and execute Bluebeard (see Figure 14).
Eventually his wifeinherits his fortune and castle (Heta Pyrhönen, 2010).King Henry VIII and ‘The Bluebeard’ Henry VIII was the King of England during 16thcentury (see Figure 11). He was the second Tudor monarch and popular for his sixmarriages.
In evidence the King Henry VIII were came earlier than the Bluebeardof Charles Perrault by roughly one and a half century. Generally, it wasbelieved that the behavior of the Bluebeard killing his wife was greatlyinspired by the King Henry VIII’s marriages. Although Henry Tudor was based onEngland, the story of him and his six wives was much well-known in French as inEngland (Casie E. Hermansson, 2009). It can help to gainmore interesting inspiration for the collection through the fashion costume andaccessories of the era by utilizing the blueprint to determine the backgroundof the story. Greatest story collectors the Brothers GrimmIn the early 19thcentury, the Brothers Grimm (see Figure) began to collect the folk tales. Infact, the intention of the Grimms is to preserve the stories and morals that emanated naturally from the German people. Astheir stories were in an oral tradition and it could easily oblivion.
Thestories in their first edition Kinder- und Hausmärchen (Children and Household Tales)(see Figure) which published in two volumes in 1812 and 1815 are often brutaland bloody (Zipes,J,2015). Following the step ofCharles Perrault ‘The Bluebeard’ was rewritten for the first edition by theGrimms of Grimm’s Fairytales. However it subsequently eliminated from the laterdue to the large proportions of French origin in the story (Maria Tatar, 2003). Looking in toanother version of ‘The Bluebeard’ which formulated by the Grimms , it hadmentioned about a basin that used to collect the blood and was found in theBluebeard’s château (royal or lordly dwelling usually located in thecountryside). Through the use of blood for bathing, the Bluebeard believes thatthis motive can cure his blue beard (WinfriedMenninghaus, 1999). Itwas believed that social discrimination of the minority has become a flashpointfor Blue Beard to open homicides, since his first bride could not have enteredthe lock chamber and found a dead wife. Without discrimination, the Bluebeardand his first bride could have a happy ending which different from origins.
In terms of concept, the moral and virtues of ‘TheBluebeard’ give a strong contribute to the collection. Instead of just being afashion item, the collection also bring out the message which the world shouldlearn more to accept different aspect of beauty. An industry embellished by fairy tales. Fairytales have physically been aligned with the world of high-end fashion for quitea long time. Indeed, fairy tale is full ofvisual narratives that have subsequently inspired the conception and the imaginationof a designer, regardless both consciously and subconsciously throughoutfashion’s history.
Fashion is one of the inseparable object presenceswith fairy tale. No matter in what era, the fashion industry will always have adesigner to bring the dream come true. Used fairy tale as the inspiration toembellish their designs and released one of the opulent collection to the world.Fairytale is trendier than everbefore. In recent seasons many luxury brands have obtained much applause fortheir elevated take on folkloric aesthetic, like the Valentino Pre-Fall 2013 collection(see Figure 15 & Figure 16). Furthermore, inthe autumn and winter 2014 collection, Dolce& Gabbana used “Enchanted Sicily” as the inspiration which borrowed from theBrothers Grimm (see Figure 17 &Figure 18).
All the familiar fairy-taleelements such as capes, hoods and peasant dresses were peppered throughout thewhole collection to infuse a very creative visual effect. Creative design witha seductive FairyTale theme and a fantastical runway creation like something out from the tales certainlyresonates right now (Rebecca Gonsalves, 2014).Popular culture hasalso a large part to play, bringing all the tales to life is also the hottopics in this few seasons (see Appendices 1). Allthe classic fairy tales have been presented in real life in the big screen, andmade the vintage and bold Renaissance fashion style return again to the fashionmainstream in this 21st century. See the recent seasonrunway show of Gucci or Dolce and Gabbana, is not difficult to find out thatthe fashion runways have been certainly infused by the retro elements like thepuffy sleeve, ruffles, laces and others (see Figure 19 & Figure 20). Inspirationfrom ‘The Bluebeard’Garment plays a compelling role in fairy tales, filled withmagical powers; represent vanity or wealth of particular characters. Fairytales usually only provide some plots, in addition to what the plot needs,clothing and accessories are often vivid description of the genre to enhancethe overall sense. Therefore the very first step to develop the design islooking into the clothing and accessories of each character.
As it turns out,King Henry VIII and his daughter Elizabeth I (see Figure 21) were the most influentialpeople of Renaissance fashion. Likewise theTudor monarchs of England (see Figure 23) had probably the most significant impact on WesternEuropean fashions of the 16th century (Peter Ackroyd, 2013). In the Renaissance era, there were a lot oficonic fashion features and elements which were also imbued in the story such aspuffy sleeve and square neckline will be use it as the inspiration of the silhouetteand structure to create a vintage look for the collection (see Figure 24).Dates back to the 16th century, the materials and grandness of clothing varied greatly between the classes due to the sumptuary laws (Paige L. Hanson, 2010). For example, during thattime a mid-class woman would dress a much looser corset and with someaccessories such as waist bag. Whereas it could also found on the last wife inthe tale (see Figure 25).
The intended was to make more convenient for theirdaily routine and movement. Bringing out the clever yet rebellious behavior ofthe last wife, the waist bag was able to fully represented how the defiantwife’s identity act as the inspiration for the design of trousers in thiscollection (see Figure 26).The climax of ‘The Bluebeard’ story is the moment whenhis last wife opened the Forbidden Room and found out all the murderedpredecessors were hanging inside the room (see Figure 10). This scenario provides greater inspiration tothe collection. It might be a bit disturbing for using the head of all murderedpredecessors as the inspiration to create an exciting and unique print whichmight be the design of the skirt for the collection (see Figure & Figure). In addition, applying the Tudor arch shape (see Figure)design panel and decorate with the ruffle details around the edge (see Figure27)into the design to greatly representing the Forbidden room (see Figure28).
By adding the ruffle details around the edge as to response the ideal ofthis collection that had mentioned earlier. If the world is more willing to usetolerance instead of discrimination, the dark forbidden chamber inthe Bluebeardcastle will never exist. Lastly, the “key” with permanent stained (seeFigure 29) is also another interesting point as an inspiration to develop moreunique texture for the design. Trying to play with the pigment, using differentshade of red colors to paint it on top of the fabric to create the effect as tobring the “key” with permanent stained to life. Might exploit the textureto the back of the long jacket or on top of the mini dress on the collection tomake the retro design looks even more startling and unique (see Figure ).
TheAesthetic of outréThe final collection will be named as ‘The aesthetic ofoutré’ and released at 2019spring and summer season. Outré is to beoutrageous, unusual and perhaps a touch bizarre. Named this collection as ‘The aesthetic of outré’ does not meanthat the appeal design of this collection will be highly unconventional, incontrast, it is to encourage or remind the customer to appreciate all differentkind of beauty even it is a bit odd. In this collection, all 6 designswill cover from sleeveless top to a long jacket; mini dress to a loose trouser(see Figure 2). In order to reducethe immature of the garment which bring out by the youthful silhouette design, addedthe chalky quality retro pestle colors (see Figure 4) to this collection canhelp to find a balance between maturity and eccentric.
Not just the colorstrend of spring and summer of 2019 (Jane Bodd, 2017), the mid-tones retropastel colors have also created a very vintage appeal for the garment which is totallysuitable with the theme. The choice offabric for this collection will be more concerned in the materials and textiles trend of SS2019. According tothe trend forecasting, a return to simplicity and rusticity is the key for thespring and summer seasons of 2019 (Helen Palmer Skliarova, 2017). For thisreason, the final fabric choice of the collection will be cotton or linen witha super-matte quality and combine with others fabric like jersey, satin andsheer chiffon to make the surface of the garment will not be so monotonous (see Figure 5).All designs will combine bothRenaissance outline silhouette and dusty color tone of fabric to create a slightlydark fairy tale mood which have also obviously show it in the mood board (seeFigure). In that case, people who need to dress more steadily and mature in theirdaily life or in the workplace but often lookingto stand out from the crowd in the same time will be drawn to thisseries of designs (see Figure). In the end, evenif it does not have a great impact this collection will still bring a littleprogress for the world.
The virtue which unfolded from ‘The Bluebeard’ shouldbe instilling from one generation to the next, and let the world know that after putting aside prejudice, everything will be asbeautiful as epic.