The Fashion Collection from the House of Ellwand
Candlewick Studio, 9780763614133, 130pp.
Publication Date: November 1, 2002
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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.
About the Author
Ellwand, the premier contemporary designer of urban and field wear for the Other People, keeps his atelier in the ancient bluebell groves of West Sussex, England. Outside, a tiny unmarked door offers no sign to passersby, allowing the designer his privacy. Inside, masses of wildflowers, dried grasses, feathers and seedpods, pine cones, and polished pretties surround him as he works late into the night, turning his visions into one-of-a-kind realities. The otherworldly garments in Fairie-Ality were all designed, handcrafted, and photographed for reproduction by the couturier himself. This is the first time that Ellwand has agreed to share his newest line with a human audience. Ellwand lives with his wife and daughter, just two miles from the site said to be the High Seat of the fairies.
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.