Fairie-ality: The Fashion Collection from the House of Ellwand

Fairie-ality: The Fashion Collection from the House of Ellwand


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Do you believe in fairies? How about high fashion? Enter the exquisite world of fairie fashion – where feathered hats are designed for maximum lift, oak-leaf jackets boast ample wing vents, and flower-petal flats are easily removable for flight.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763614133
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 11/28/2002
Series: Fairie-ality Series
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 130
Sales rank: 744,054
Product dimensions: 10.25(w) x 12.38(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author

Eugenie Bird is a writer who leads a busy life covering the newest developments in the world of fairie Haute Couture while flying between homes in the Middle West and New England. Her farm is a well-known gathering place of Fashionistas searching for tranquility away from the hurly-burly of New York, London, and European fashion centers.

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 VogueElle, and Marie Claire.

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Fairie-Ality the Fashion Collection from the House of Ellwand 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
jehara on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
this past week i read one of the books for the book awards reading challenge, Fairie-ality by David Ellwand. It won the British Book Award. This is a beautiful, stunning book for the pictures alone. Fairie-ality is the fashion catalogue of the premier couture house for fairies, the House of Ellwand. But it is so much more than that. It loosely tells a story of fairies frolicking, having balls, dating and ends with a wedding with outfits for all events shown. The clothing is exquisite. They are made from leaves, stems, rose petals, lilies, violets, thistles, feathers and more. It's a shame they don't make them for the big people. There are hats and dainty little shoes, party dresses, frocks, wedding gowns, trousers, pants, skirts, men's clothing, women's clothing. if you like fairies, then you will like this book.
glitterina on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Gorgeous, but it does go on and on.
Treeseed on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found this book a few years ago when shopping for Yuletide gifts and promptly chunked down a portion of my Christmas Club stash right then and there on moi! I couldn't resist it and it surprises me that it isn't more well known. It is truly splendid! It's a colorful catalog of fairy fashion that had it been available to me when I was a fairy loving child would have made me feel like I'd died and gone to heaven. The emerging spring flowers outside my window have reminded me of this book and as it's one of my favorites I want to introduce it to you. I hope you'll check it out because words really do not do it justice. It's really not a children's book per se yet it holds a lot of appeal for the childish among us, young and old alike. While its imaginary tone is from the world of make-believe, its artistry is very real indeed. I would have to say this is the most beautiful book I've seen in years. Forget about Paris or Milan or New York! If you want to know who's burning up the runways with the season's haute couture, look no further! Enjoy this detailed catalog of The Fashion Collection known as Fairie-ality from the innovative and expressive House of Ellwand, designer to the Folk, par excellence. It is an elegant, beautifully crafted coffee table volume in a gold hard cover edition. It is delightfully witty and captures the fashion world's nuances and idiosyncrasies in good fun and high style. Whimsical water color sketches of a type from fashion's heyday in Vogue Magazine introduce the various themes and creations while full dazzling color photographs present exquisitely detailed and meticulously handcrafted high fashion of the fairy realm. The commentary is breezy and bright and oh, so, in the know! Charming inserts such as a mix and match catalog, removable invitations in envelopes, and advance notices are sprinkled throughout the book. Gatefolds, velum and foil papers add a distinctly lavish touch. The artistry is unparalleled and uses the finest of natural materials, including feathers, seeds, and myriad examples of the exotic floral and other botanical resources joined with a master's eye for flair, movement, and color. Enjoy eclectic designs filled with flash from shoes to hats and everything in between. Not only are we invited into this exclusive world of fashion but we are made privy to the parties, the cotillions, moonbeam swims, firefly hunting, midnight dancing and all of the biggest names in fairy society. Fashions for ladies and gentlemen grace these pages as do fashions for the entire wedding party from the flower girl to the bride. As the wedding fashions featured in this collection indicate, it is a very chic bride who will walk the bridal runway on the arm of her proud father this season. The detail here and the witty humor can be enjoyed over and over again with each foray seeming to present new delicacies of fashion delight. The descriptions for the designs are each more tantalizing than the one before as evidenced by this commentary for the astonishing Maid of Honor dress: "Silky crow feathers and a single green parrot feather gather in layers, creating the touch-me velveteen look of the skirt - spellbinding. The bodice and straps are lily leaves; the overbodice, a whispering tracery of skeleton leaf. Sumptuous." One of the many reasons I love this book is that as a child I spent many dreamy hours making fairy fashions myself along with fairy houses from things I gathered on my treks through meadow and marsh, up hill and down dale. Fairies have been in my life since I was a toddler at my Nana's knee. My Nana was a fashion designer and a talented seamstress and she was Welsh so of course she had an inside track to the fey folk. She spent hours telling me all about the secret lives of fairies and of course she knew endless details about fairy fashion. This book is like the ultimate result of many fashion fantasies I had in my heart back then. It's so much fun to see fairy design come real in photographs! Na
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Delightful book - my go-to gift for girls and young women who love fashion!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book about two weeks ago on the new release display table, and once I had picked it up, I couldn't let it go. I'm happy I didn't. I design jewelry, and the costumes in this beautiful and innovative book (though supposedly designed for children) have been of great inspiration to me already. After showing it to several of my friends, they, too, have their own copies of this unique and fabulous book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In their search for identity, most teens change clothing and hair styles, some quite often and radically so. As a function of being a "teenager" parental advice goes unheeded, so I offer my teen guidance subtly through a variety of sources. This book proves to be yet another valuable resource!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Open this book and you are in a fantasy world of fairy fashion. The costumes are fashioned from dried flowers and all manner of plant material and are so beautiful, you wish someone in the real world would create something so luscious and beautiful for people. Page after page, you will ooh and ahh at the colors, ingenuity and design of this beautiful book.