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As the mother of a 4 year old girl, I know Princesses. I live with one. Maya will wear a Princess dress every chance she gets – and as soon as that polyester, sparkly, fabric touches her, and the tiara is placed on her head, she transforms.
We were discussing the Princess phenomenon last night while in the presence of Snow White and Tiana, and wondered why it is such a huge thing for little girls. We don’t know why. Fantasy? Happy endings? I think they feel a sense of power and magic in those little dresses. Oh…to be 4.
I remember seeing photographs a while ago about Princesses’ real lives. The exhibit is called ‘Fallen Princesses’, and Dina Goldstein illustrates these perfect Princesses in not so perfect situations. They are telling and beautiful images. For anyone in Vancouver, you can see the exhibit until January 15th at The Listel Hotel.
I don’t think that I will show my daughter these photos. Not just yet…I will let her believe in Princesses just a while longer.
Here is my Princess!
…and finally…my one and only Princess accessory!
Last year it was Barbie…now even Snoopy is getting old! In honour of his 60th birthday [what's that in dog years?!], various designers created special edition toys.
Plush toys with fashions designed by Vivienne Westwood, Chanel, Hermes, Balenciaga DVF, Givenchy, Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier and Chloé were exhibited at Time & Style, Galleria 3F in Tokyo Midtown during Fashion Week in October.
For those who prefer toys of the vinyl kind…various illustrators were asked to produce a customized design for 20inch high Snoopy for an exhibition and charity auction at New Town Plaza in Hong Kong from Dec.10 to Jan.3. Nathan Jurevicius; [known for his ScaryGirl characters], Olly Howe; and Chico Hayasaki; Japanese illustrator, among others.
I love work using type. I really love this work.
Bela Borsodi is an amazing visual artist, who creates surreal and beautiful images using familiar objects. Here he is creating an alphabet still-life with everyday objects, people, and clothing, he has taken font design to another level. Created for WAD Magazine’s ‘Dictionary’ issue, they are strong, bold and visually interesting – each image has so much going on, each time you look at them, you see something new and unexpected.
Check out more of his work, here.
Japan has always produced some of the craziest fads, but I am thinking this one must be one of the craziest of all. Bagelheads. Saline Injections cause swelling that can be molded into pretty much any shape you like. Japanese club goers fancy the bagel. Because really… nothing is more flattering than bagel popping out of your forehead.
“The bagelhead bumps can even be shaded blue or green with food coloring and molded into any shape you like.”
thanks, Karl Wong
The Uniform Project is not just some brave girl’s fashion experiment, it is also a fundraiser for the Akanksha Foundation, a grassroots movement that is revolutionizing education in India. All contributions will go toward funding uniforms and school expenses for slum children in India.
Sheena Matheiken started the project in May 2009. Promising to wear one dress for one year as “an exercise in sustainable fashion”.
“Here’s how it works: There are 7 identical dresses, one for each day of the week. Every day I will reinvent the dress with layers, accessories and all kinds of accouterments, the majority of which will be vintage, hand-made, or hand-me-down goodies. Think of it as wearing a daily uniform with enough creative license to make it look like I just crawled out of the Marquis de Sade’s boudoir.”
The dress was designed by Eliza Starbuck, taking inspiration from one of Sheena’s “staple dresses”, they created a versatile dress that can be worn frontwards or back, can be left open, and is perfect for layering. The Uniform Project is on day 46, and each day the outfit will be uploaded so we can see just how creative you can be with a simple cotton dress.