5.1 and his six wives was much well-known in

5.1
Fairytale and Charles Perrault

A
French folktale,
‘The Bluebeard’ (see Figure 6), was first written
down by the famous French author Charles Perrault (see Figure7) who regarded
as the father of the fairytale (T .Evans, 1805). The story talks about a
young woman marry a rich and cruelty widower with blue-bearded (see Figure 8).
Continue with the plot that the wife uncovers the grisly secret of the bluebeard
(see Figure 9) and narrowly escapes from his clutches at the end (see Figure
10). (Heta
Pyrhönen, 2010)  (To read the complete story refers to Index
1)

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5.2 King Henry VIII and ‘The Bluebeard’

 Henry VIII was the King of England during 16th
century (see Figure 11).  He was the second Tudor monarch and popular for his six
marriages. Generally, it was believed that the behavior of the Bluebeard
killing his wife was greatly inspired by the King Henry VIII’s marriages. Although
Henry Tudor was based on England, the story of him and his six wives was much
well-known in French as in England (Casie E. Hermansson, 2009). By utilizing
the blueprint to determine the background of the story. It can help to gain
more interesting inspiration for the collection through the fashion costume and
accessories of the era.

 

 

 

 

 

6.1 Greatest story
collectors the Grimm’s brother

In the early 19th century,
the Brothers Grimm (see Figure) began to collect the folk tales. In fact, the
intention of the Grimms is to preserve the stories and morals that emanated naturally from the German. As
their stories were in an oral tradition and it could easily oblivion. The
stories in their first edition Kinder- und Hausmärchen (Children
and Household Tales)  (see Figure) which published in two volumes in
1812 and 1815 are often brutal and bloody (Zipes,J, 2015).
Following the step of Charles
Perrault ‘The Bluebeard’ was rewritten for the first edition by the Grimms of
Grimm’s Fairytales. However it subsequently eliminated from the later due to
the large proportions of French origin in the story (Maria Tatar, 2003).

In the 1st edition of Grimms’ Fairy Tales published, it had
mentioned about a basin that used to collect the blood and was found in the
Bluebeard’s château (royal or lordly dwelling usually located in the
countryside). Through the use of blood for bathing, the Bluebeard believes that
this motive can cure his blue beard (Winfried
Menninghaus, 1999). Social
discrimination of the minority has become a flashpoint for Blue Beard to open
homicides. Without discrimination, the Bluebeard and his first bride could have
a happy ending which different from origins. In
terms of concept, the moral and virtues of ‘The Bluebeard’ give a strong
contribute to the collection. Instead of just being a fashion item, the
collection also bring out the message which the world should learn more to
appreciate different aspect of beauty.

 

 

 

An industry embellished by fairy tales.

In
recent seasons many luxury brands have obtained much applause for their
elevated take on folkloric aesthetic, like the Valentino Pre-Fall 2013 collection
(see Figure 15 & Figure 16). Furthermore, Dolce & Gabbana used “Enchanted Sicily” as
the inspiration for their autumn
and winter 2014 collection that borrowed from the
Brothers Grimm (see Figure 17 &
Figure 18). All the familiar fairy-tale
elements such as capes, hoods and peasant dresses were peppered throughout the
whole collection to infuse a very creative visual effect. Creative design with
a seductive theme certainly
resonates right now (Rebecca Gonsalves, 2014).

Popular culture has also a large part to play, bringing all the
tales to life is also the hot topics in this few seasons (see Appendices 1).
All the classic fairy tales have been presented in real life in
the big screen, and made the vintage and bold Renaissance fashion style return
again to the fashion mainstream in this 21st century.
See the recent season runway show of Gucci or Dolce and Gabbana, is not
difficult to find out that the fashion runways have been certainly infused by
the retro elements like the puffy sleeve, ruffles, laces and others (see Figure
19 & Figure 20).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inspiration
from ‘The Bluebeard’

Garment plays a compelling role in
fairy tales, filled with magical powers; represent vanity or wealth of
particular characters. Fairy tales usually only provide some plots, in addition
to what the plot needs, clothing and accessories are often vivid description of
the genre to enhance the overall sense. Therefore the very first step to
develop the design is looking into the clothing and accessories of each
character. As it turns out, King Henry VIII and his daughter Elizabeth I (see
Figure 21 & Figure 22) were the most influential people of
Renaissance fashion. Likewise the Tudor monarchs
of England (see Figure 23) had probably the most significant impact on Western European fashions
of the 16th century (Peter Ackroyd, 2013).

According to the sketchbook of the
designer, all the iconic fashion features of the era which were also imbued in
the story such as puffy sleeve and square neckline will be use it as the
inspiration of the silhouette and structure (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). In dressing, a mid-class
woman would wore a much looser corset with some accessories like waist bag which
could also find it on the last wife in the tale(see Figure 25) to make their
daily routine and movement
more convenient. To bring out the clever yet rebellious behavior
of the last wife, designer will use the waist bag which is able to fully
demonstrate the defiant wife’s identity as the inspiration for the design of trousers
in this collection (see Figure 26).

 

The climax of ‘The Bluebeard’
story is the moment that his last wife opened the Forbidden Room and found out that
all the murdered predecessors were hanging inside the room (see Figure 10). Consider
taking it as one of the inspiration of this project, included the Tudor arch
shape which decorated with the ruffle details around the edge (see Figure 27) in
to the design to represent the Forbidden room (see Figure 28). Adding the
ruffle details to the point is to promo the main purpose of this collection had
mentioned in the above content. If the world is more willing to appreciate
different aspect of beauty the dark, forbidden chamber in the blue-bearded
castle will never exist.

Least,
the key with permanent stained (see Figure 29) 
also another interesting point as an inspiration to develop more unique
texture for the design. Trying to bring the stained to life by using pigment
paint on top of fabric to create the effect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The
Aesthetic of outré

The
collection will be named as ‘The aesthetic of outré’ and released at 2019 spring and summer season.
Outré is to be outrageous, unusual and perhaps a
touch bizarre. Named this collection as ‘The
aesthetic of outré’ was not meaning that the appeal design of this
collection will be highly unconventional but is to encourage the customer to appreciate
all different kind of beauty. In this collection, all 6 designs will
cover from sleeveless top to a long jacket; mini dress to trouser (see Figure 2).

In
that case, added the chalky quality retro pestle colors (see Figure 4) to this
collection can help to find a balance between maturity and eccentric. Not just
the colors trend of spring and summer of 2019 (Jane Bodd, 2017), the mid-tones
retro pastel colors have also created a very vintage appeal for the garment
which is totally suitable with the theme. Besides the pale shades can extremely
help to reduce the immature of the garment which bring out by the youthful
silhouette, and presents another professional fashion image for our customers.

The choice of fabric for this collection will be more
concerned in the materials and textiles trend
of SS2019. According to the trend forecasting, a return to simplicity is key
for the spring and summer seasons of 2019 (Helen
Palmer &Julia Skliarova, 2017). 
For this reason, the final fabric choice of the collection will be
cotton or linen with a super-matte quality and combine with others fabric like
jersey, satin and sheer (see Figure 5).

In the end, even if it does not have a great impact this
collection will still bring a little progress for the world. The virtue which
unfolded from ‘The Bluebeard’ should be instilling
from one generation to the next, let the world
more willing to accept and appreciate all different kind of beauty.

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