Friday, December 16, 2011

Fashion fairy tales

Coffee-table books take a twist this season with the trend for fashion fairy tales.

First up was Christian Lacroix's offering. He may have closed his couture house in 2009, but earlier this year we saw his collaboration with fashion writer Camilla Morton.

His creation? A book. But not any old book. In Christian Lacroix and the Tale of Sleeping Beauty, Morton weaves Lacroix's memoir into the story of the fairy-tale character (who ends up as his catwalk model).

But it's not just the designer's life that is committed to page. His illustrations are, too. 'As a child I dreamed of being able to make a living by drawing,' says Lacroix. 'Sketching is like therapy for me. So that book was a way of escaping.'

'I want this book to remind people of all the joy and magic that Lacroix brings to fashion,' says Morton, who has gone on to publish the second in her series of designer biographies-cum-fairy-tales, penned by her and illustrated by the designer. Manolo Blahnik and the Tale of the Elves and the Shoemaker is now out and a third title with Dian von Furstenberg is to follow.

Viktor & Rolf have also published their own tome, Fairy Tales. Like Lacroix and Blahnik, the Dutch designers have illustrated the book themselves, but the point of different is they've also invented a surreal collection of tales which feature a lonely disco hedgehog, a magical golden dress, and a little girl with bright red hair, among others.

These modern fairy-tale books are fashion escapism at its best. And far cheaper than the designers' catwalk creations! Get them now on Amazon and they're all easily under a tenner each. The perfect stocking filler, I say.

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