About’The Bluebeard’ A French folktale – ‘The Bluebeard’ (see Figure 1& Figure 2) was first written down by the famousFrench author Charles Perrault who regardedas the father of the fairytale (T .Evans, 1805).Thetale is started by a young woman marries a rich blue-bearded (see Figure 3) widowerwho also notorious for his cruelty. He forbidsher from enters the lock chamber, proclaiming that disobedience can put herat risk or even death .Like those before her thedefiant wife enters the room (see Figure 4).
Discover the gruesome scene which therehis murdered predecessors (see Figure 5). Frightened, she drops the key into apool of blood. Due to the key is permanently stained, Bluebeard finds out her noncompliance.
He is about to kill her, but she is narrowly escapes his clutches in a nick oftime (see Figure 6). The brothers of the wife and her sister arrive and executeBluebeard (see Figure 7). Eventually his wife inherits his fortune and castle (Heta Pyrhönen, 2010). ‘TheBluebeard’ has been published in the earlier versionof Grimms’ Fairy Tales. Aslong as the story it selves is full of unreasonable brutal and bloody content,and the strong storyline is difficult to be modified, it did not continue to beincluded in the rest of updated version of not just The Grimms’ Fairy Tales andalso all. Therefore, ‘The Bluebeard’ is oneof the few fairy tales that still maintain the original appearance and having avery strong sense of allegory and virtues that should be always absorbed by the world.
Thetragedy of Bluebeard might be a happy ending that make people neglect the reason why Bluebeard wanted to kill his wives. Itis not explained why he murdered his first bride; she could not have enteredthe lock chamber and found a dead wife. ‘The Bluebeard’ and ItsInfluenceIn the 1812 version published in Grimms’ Fairy Tales, had written that in his château (royal or lordly dwellingusually located in the countryside) thereis a basins which collected the blood. The idea to be the basic of Bluebeard had wanted to cure him- the blue beard by bathing in blood (Winfried Menninghaus, 1999). This may be the motivation to make him started his journey to murder his wives.Hence, we could also think that his first wife was killed by the socialdiscrimination of the minority.
The tale narrated of the tragedy caused by socialdiscrimination against minorities. Whenit’s come to this topic everyone will have their ownideas and perception behind it. The goals of this collection is to unfoldthe real meaning of the stories and bring out themessage which is ‘being different is not terrible but just lucky enough to notbeing the same’. In default aesthetics is a very abstract yetsubjective human appreciation. Everyone has different standards and insightsfor their own aesthetic, it depends a lot of personal preference and lifetimeexperiences. Therefore we should notsubjectively despise or use abusive words and action to ridicule what we thinkis not good, that may be someone who will always appreciate on it. Also hope that through this collection to encourage people toface themselves more confidently.
Some time the things that make us mock bypeople is also a precious reason to make us look special then everyone. Fairy tales in Fashion IndustryFairytales have influenced all aspects of our lives, except in stimulating ourimagination and helping in our moral development; fashion is also one of theinseparable object presences with fairy tale. In recent seasons many luxurybrands have obtained much applause for their elevated take on folkloricaesthetic, like the Valentino Fall 2013 collection (see Figure 8 & Figure 9).Furthermore,Dolce & Gabbana used “Enchanted Sicily” as the inspiration for their autumn and winter 2014 collection that borrowedfrom the Brothers Grimm (see Figure 10 & Figure 11). Allthe familiar fairy-tale elements such ascapes, hoods and peasant dresses were peppered throughout the whole collectionto 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 thetales 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 inthe big screen, and made the vintage and bold Victorian fashion style returnagain to the fashion mainstream in this 21st century.See the recent season runway show of Gucci or Dolce and Gabbana, is notdifficult to find out that the fashion runways have been certainly infused bythe retro elements like the puffy sleeve, ruffles, laces and others (see Figure12 & Figure 13). Reason for Choosing ‘The Bluebeard’TheBluebeard is one of a very old folktale and yet not that familiar to the public.Instead of choosing those popular ‘happily ever after’ princess story in theDisney fairy tales, ourselves know that an air of mystery is more attractiveand empowering. It is also the most crucial reason to use ‘The Bluebeard’ asthe inspiration for this project. On the otherhand, along with the time and the current affairs, societies pay more attentionto topics such as minority rights and bullying. This brought a big change in the concept of fashion and also thekind of sartorial trends, both within the fashion industryas well as on the ground at grassroots level. In recent seasons, the market data is clearlyshown that consumers are more tend to appreciate the aesthetic of outré.
Peopleare tried enough to be normal and often looking to stand out from the crowd (Jack Stanley,2017). Moreover,see the popularity of the ‘IKEA bag’ from Balenciaga and the incredibly well sales of Gucci and Vetements, it can easily proved that consumers are tend to spendmore money on products which always keeping in young, fresh and wild at heart(BOF Team, 2017). The aesthetic of outré is continuing strongly on next few seasonsand there’s no sign of this trend slowing down. As a result, all the apparel designson this collection will keep on this way and combining with the theme, createsome startling designs and inspire customers to be playful with theirlook.
Inspiration from ‘The Bluebeard”Garmentplays a compelling role in fairy tales, filled with magical powers; representvanity or wealth of particular characters. Fairy tales usually only providesome plots, in addition to what the plot needs, clothing and accessories areoften vivid description of the genre to enhance the overall sense. Generallybelieved that the blueprint of ‘The Bluebeard’ is the King of England HenryVIII from the behavior of the Bluebeard killing his wife (see Appendices 2),therefore all the costumes in the story are imbued with 15th century featuresand elements such as the puffy sleeves, ruffles and pleat details.
So the veryfirst step to develop the design is looking into the clothing and accessoriesof each character. Inaddition, the climax of ‘The Bluebeard’ story is the moment his last wifeopened the Forbidden Room and found that all the murdered predecessors were hanginginside the room (see Figure). Consider to take it as one of the inspiration ofthis project, while this may be a bit disturbing, it can also make the wholecollection more relevant to the theme.
Lastbut not least, the key with permanent stained also another interesting point asan inspiration to develop more unique texture for the design. Trying to bringthe stained to life by using pigment paint on top of fabric to create theeffect (see Figure). FinalDevelopment This collection will be released at 2019 spring and summerseason. All 6 designs will cover from sleeveless top to a long jacket; minidress to trouser (see Figure). The whole collection combines both fairy taleoutline silhouette and some darker elements to create the dark fairy tale moodwhich have also obviously show it in the mood board (see Figure). Tofocus on the 24 to 29 years old fashion industry modern women as targetcustomer (see Figure), a unique fashionable yet slightly mature look is what all the apparel designs on this collection should belike. As the result, the chalky quality retro pestle colors will be the bestpallet choice for this collection (see Figure).
Notjust the colors trend of spring and summer of2019, the mid-tones retro pastel colors have also created a very vintage appealfor the garment which is totally suitable with the theme. Besides the paleshades can extremely help to reduce the immature of the garment which bring outby the youthful silhouette, andpresents another professional fashion image for our customers. In the end, sincerely hope that with this series of designs, evenif it does not have a great impact there will still be a little progress for theworld. The virtue which unfolded from ‘The Bluebeard’ should be instillingfrom one generation to the next, let the worldmore willing to accept and appreciate all different kind of beauty.