When I was a young girl, I always believed in fairy tales, the entire fantasy package of what my life would be like – the big beige/gold (I never was too find of white) ball gown that shimmered as I walked, my gorgeous prince charming who would carry me away to a castle and rescue me as I let down my long blonde hair, all while I fly on a magic carpet into a new world (I enjoy combining fairy tales to eventually create my own…). Every night, I’d lie in my bed, close my eyes, and have complete faith that the Tooth Fairy was real, Prince Charming would bump into me some day and save me from some horrific tragedy, and my Fairy Godmother would protect me from the evil witches and monsters who were after me; they were all so close I could taste their sweetness and love. Eventually, I, like many, grew up, opened my eyes, and realized the fairytale had vanished, or wasn’t even real to begin with. Most people turn to the things and people we are unable to trust or see for who and what they are; but the thing is, at the end of the day, it’s hard to let go of that fairytale image because almost everyone has that smallest bit of hope and faith, that one day they will open their eyes, be touched with fairy dust, and their dreams really will come true. I feel fantasies and fairy tales are actually important for children (and everyone really), since they allow you to put yourself in a situation you would never encounter in real life, and imagine how you are able to come out of it – so when you are confronted with something difficult, you’ll always have the strength and courage from your fairy tale to remember (more on fairy tales later… I love talking about them… but back to fashion now!) After all, a dream is a wish your heart makes, when you’re fast asleep… whatever you wish for, you keep. But remember that each one of your fantasies should still have a solid base in reality, of course (;
My fantastical and whimsical reminiscent tidbit was inspiration from Harper Bazaar’s haute couture editorial titled “Tales of the Unexpected”. Started as an idea to tell a Classic Fairy Tale format Children’s Story, but without the classically known focuses such as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty & The Beast, Snow White, Alice in Wonderland etc… They might seem familiar, but aren’t in actuality, as they did not exist until they were created for this editorial. Each individual image or synopsis tells a story of its own, and Harper’s Bazaar has left it up to us imaginative wizards to interpret them in our own “fashion”.
Model Katie Fogarty stars in the fabulous, ferociously funny film “The 7 Tales of Katie in Kinderland” as the wonderfully witty “Wizard of Westergarten” in the County of Cormilligan. Take a look at the whimsical and magnificent editorial and video below! And don’t forget to open your imagination and enter photographer Benjamin Kanarek’s contest based on this editorial (details below).