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  • Hardcover
  • Fairie-ality: The Ellwand Collection
  • Eugenie Bird
  • 21 January 2018
  • 0744591414

10 thoughts on “Fairie-ality: The Ellwand Collection

  1. Kathryn Kathryn says:

    A gorgeous and stylish book What fun to explore and savour The fairy fashions are exquisite, some seem quite contemporary and others very whimsical The materials are all natural feathers, flowers, seeds, pebbles, shells and styles range from ball gowns to swimsuits to daywear to wedding attire The spread on hats alone will bring huge smiles The book is beautifully assembled, lots of gorgeous glossy photographs, pretty sketches, vellum, fold out spreads, an invitation to a fairy ball tucke A gorgeous and stylish book What fun to explore and savour The fairy fashions are exquisite, some seem quite contemporary and others very whimsical The materials are all natural feathers, flowers, seeds, pebbles, shells and styles range from ball gowns to swimsuits to daywear to wedding attire The spread on hats alone will bring huge smiles The book is beautifully assembled, lots of gorgeous glossy photographs, pretty sketches, vellum, fold out spreads, an invitation to a fairy ball tucked inside a vellum envelope What imagination and what eye candy You might just wish you were a small, winged thing so that you could wear these fashions, too Note that the book is really all about fashion and that the fantasy element is that the fashion is for fairies and the materials are so charming and appropriate for this purpose The book is NOT really about fairies so if you are looking for that sort of thing, you will not find it here


  2. Beth Beth says:

    The fashion magazine size and layout of this weighty volume is no mistake Fairie ality is an imaginative presentation of haute couture for fey folk Based on the premise that faeries have a season, like the tony upper class, and thus require costumes for spring balls and summer swim parties, Bird and Dowton present a photo essay of tiny designer clothing concocted from natural objects flowers, leaves, acorn caps, feathers and .Gowns take shape with peacock feathers, grass blades and petal The fashion magazine size and layout of this weighty volume is no mistake Fairie ality is an imaginative presentation of haute couture for fey folk Based on the premise that faeries have a season, like the tony upper class, and thus require costumes for spring balls and summer swim parties, Bird and Dowton present a photo essay of tiny designer clothing concocted from natural objects flowers, leaves, acorn caps, feathers and .Gowns take shape with peacock feathers, grass blades and petal skirts, paired with birchbark stilletos Snakeskin adds pattern and texture to basic cut undergarments Seeds and shells add embellishment Pheasant feathers reveal their glorious tones in a pullout section on cotillion collections Not just for ladies, there are coordinating outfits for men as wel, including a sleek black crow feather jacket adorned with periwinkle shell buttons There is even a ready to wear section, with pages cut into three horizontal strips for mixing and matching of tops, bottoms, and stylish caps The pieces de resistance are outfits for a royal family, and the wedding party garments, including a mother of the bride gown augmented with fluffy feathers, a top hat and peacock lined coat for the groom, and a gossamer white lily and feather gown for the bride.In addition to the crisp, closeup, full color photography, designer s sketches and watercolors accompanying many of the final products The font matches each collection, by turns formal, hip or romantic The textures are so clear the urge to run one s fingers over the pages is irresistable The accompanying text could be straight out of the pages of Vogue The captions are lush and descriptive, and narrative accompanies each section, outlining the events appropriate for each collection, or whom each piece might be worn by Readers will spend hours pouring over the pages and marveling at the tiny details Although not a must have, the excellence in execution and high re readability rate a high recommended for most browsing collections


  3. Karen Karen says:

    I was most pleased with the book This is such a whimsical tribute to Faery art Ellwand has fashioned the most petite, realistic, gowns spun from delicate flower petals, tender new leaves that appear to have been dried in the summer sun The diminutive shoes are so imaginative, everything from high heels to boots fashioned from feathers offered here are for the most discerning faery Included in the complete bridal collection are not only home grown gowns for the sprites that serve as bridesmai I was most pleased with the book This is such a whimsical tribute to Faery art Ellwand has fashioned the most petite, realistic, gowns spun from delicate flower petals, tender new leaves that appear to have been dried in the summer sun The diminutive shoes are so imaginative, everything from high heels to boots fashioned from feathers offered here are for the most discerning faery Included in the complete bridal collection are not only home grown gowns for the sprites that serve as bridesmaids, to botanical attire for the parents, and of course for the bride, feather gowns and veils of air I have worked as a floral designer for over 40 years, and have a deep appreciation for the incredible amount of work that went into these tiny designs It s truly a wonderfully, delicious and most unique art book Here s to Ellwand


  4. Soniaoniaa Soniaoniaa says:

    This is probably one of my most favourite books from my childhood My mother bought it for me when I went through a huge obsessive period of loving anything magical and fantastical and honestly to this day I still feel the same way There are some incredible designs in here that are seasonal and different occasions like weddings etc., with the attire ranging from shoes, hats and even complete outfit sets Whenever flicking through this book my imagination creates little scenarios in my head of This is probably one of my most favourite books from my childhood My mother bought it for me when I went through a huge obsessive period of loving anything magical and fantastical and honestly to this day I still feel the same way There are some incredible designs in here that are seasonal and different occasions like weddings etc., with the attire ranging from shoes, hats and even complete outfit sets Whenever flicking through this book my imagination creates little scenarios in my head of little fairies in different social situations wearing these outfits The designs are beautiful and are made with such a sense of realism as the materials used are parts of nature like leaves, twigs, grass, petals and feathers I ve never seen a book quite like this one and I know it s something I ll hold onto and share with my children and their children to come


  5. Sarai Sarai says:

    This is a marvelous book of finery designed to be worn by faeries Materials include pressed flowers, feathers, seashells, and other natural objects Fashions have drawing concepts to go with the finished products The photography is fabulous The writing is witty.To give you an example of the feel of the book, here is a quote from a review onThe descriptions for the designs are eachbreath taking than the one before as evidenced by this commentary for the astonishing Maid of Honor This is a marvelous book of finery designed to be worn by faeries Materials include pressed flowers, feathers, seashells, and other natural objects Fashions have drawing concepts to go with the finished products The photography is fabulous The writing is witty.To give you an example of the feel of the book, here is a quote from a review onThe descriptions for the designs are eachbreath taking 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


  6. Cindy Cindy says:

    Oh my goodness As soon as you open this book you know it s special There s a few pages in the beginning that are interactive I found myself catching my breath or whispering, Oh with each page I turned From the textured cardstock pages, thick vellum paper, the font, the illustrations, the photography, the writing you can t help, but notice every captivating detail And then we come to the magnificent fairie fashions Art imagination know no bounds in this beautifully presented book Any Oh my goodness As soon as you open this book you know it s special There s a few pages in the beginning that are interactive I found myself catching my breath or whispering, Oh with each page I turned From the textured cardstock pages, thick vellum paper, the font, the illustrations, the photography, the writing you can t help, but notice every captivating detail And then we come to the magnificent fairie fashions Art imagination know no bounds in this beautifully presented book Anybody who loves fairies fashion will be blown away The artistry is so unique exquisite I was completely enchanted Oh, to be a fairie I didn t give it 5 stars because I selfishly simply didn t want the book to end I wanted


  7. Nicole Nicole says:

    Do you build fairy gardens Do you have a fairy door in your house Do you watch the Tinkerbell movies and admire the artist s attention to detail If you said yes to any of the above, you will likely enjoy this beautiful fairy fashion book


  8. Kindra King Kindra King says:

    Absolutely gorgeous fairy fashions The imagination that went into creating these enchanting pieces is incredible


  9. Joumana Joumana says:

    This book is not about art, it is a piece of art I m don t usually go for fairies but I could not walk out without this book once it caught my attention It is a fashion catalogue from the House of Ellwand, top fairie couturierDesigned like a genuine high end catalogue with fashion illustration and fancy inserts, Fairie ality is rich in textures, whether from the different papers used or the beautiful photography, always consistent with what the aesthetics of a tiny nature dwelling people mi This book is not about art, it is a piece of art I m don t usually go for fairies but I could not walk out without this book once it caught my attention It is a fashion catalogue from the House of Ellwand, top fairie couturierDesigned like a genuine high end catalogue with fashion illustration and fancy inserts, Fairie ality is rich in textures, whether from the different papers used or the beautiful photography, always consistent with what the aesthetics of a tiny nature dwelling people might be The star, of course, is the collection itself, a treasury of tiny outfits made of natural materials feathers, leaves, petals, shed snakeskin, you name it and photographed for the catalog The ingenuity of the creations and the dazzling presentations still make me squeak at every page There are dresses, hats, bathing suits, jackets, shoes, and just when you think you can t be stunned any the wedding dress Who d have thought fairies could be so trendy The one things I regret, to nitpick a bit, is the somewhat cheap looking drop shadow used for the pieces such a beautiful product deserved better But don t let that deter you if you love fairies, fashion or simply beautiful things, this is a bouquet of inspiration and wildflowers


  10. Heather Heather says:

    A beautiful book of fairy couturier clothing for every occation All the outfits are made from items found in nature The dresses are so beautiful, I wish I could have one for real.Which one would you wear if you were a fairy The Fanciful Pheasant for fall The Fanciful Pheasant Pheasant feather skirt, beaech leaf bodice, and the unexpected Chinese lantern puff sleeves Titania Gown for dancing Skin tingling combination of pigeon the skirt and pheasant the sleeves with constricted snakes A beautiful book of fairy couturier clothing for every occation All the outfits are made from items found in nature The dresses are so beautiful, I wish I could have one for real.Which one would you wear if you were a fairy The Fanciful Pheasant for fall The Fanciful Pheasant Pheasant feather skirt, beaech leaf bodice, and the unexpected Chinese lantern puff sleeves Titania Gown for dancing Skin tingling combination of pigeon the skirt and pheasant the sleeves with constricted snakeskin bodice Stargazer Spring Dress for running thru spring roses The skirt is a carnival of stargazer lilies the top, a wrapped lilly, secured by narrow lily straps The Rhubarb Skirt goes with everything for going everywhere Wide wale rhubarb leaves topped with an oak leaf belg, rosebuds, and a red rum seed Decorous yet earthy.Don t forget the hats, shoes, and swimwear


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Fairie-ality: The Ellwand Collection Fairie ality is an unashamedly sumptuous coffee table book that takes a tongue in cheek look at what all well dressed little people will be wearing this season Based on the latest collection from top sprite couturier, the House of Ellwand, it offers a huge variety of outfits that the average fairy fashionista would sell her wings forPhotographer and designer David Ellwand s pictures evoke garments of ethereal delicacy and often downright eccentricity , interspersed with beautiful landscape shots of bluebell woods, mist shrouded waterfalls and the like Ellwand has taken his inspiration directly from nature, using real natural materials as diverse as flowers, leaves, shells and feathers Fashion illustrator David Downton provides delicate watercolour interpretations of the outfits Eugenie Bird s copy is a knowing send up of breathlessly earnest fashion magazine style A description of a dress for a Romantic Getaway Weekend reads as follows Wild geraniums and buttercups with narrow grass straps Somehow you knew this would be the weekend that he would pop The QuestionOutfits for every conceivable social occasion are covered if your social calendar includes such events , from a presentation to the Fairie Queen to an invitation to a fairy wedding The quality of the presentation is indisputable, printed on good quality paper with all sorts of inserts and pockets Particularly good fun is the Mix and Match section, where you can create your own combination of looks by overlaying different pagesAppealing though Fairie ality undoubtedly is, it s likely to make an ideal gift for the fashion victim New Age type in your life rather than the fairytale loving youngster Suitable for agesupwards Alison Drury


About the Author: Eugenie Bird

You may be interested to know that fairies live at my farm in Vermont, says Eugenie Bird, matter of factly Also, I have asked the woodchucks in the area to stop eating my garden, and I am grateful to say that they have honored my request All of this seems appropriate in light of Eugenie Bird s contribution to FAIRIE ALITY THE FASHION COLLECTION FROM THE HOUSE OF ELLWAND, where stunning photographs of hand crafted fairy fashions are augmented by witty captions written by Eugenie Bird herself Her clever, saucy copy makes it abundantly clear that the feathered hats in FAIRIE ALITY are designed for maximum lift, the sharply tailored oak leaf jacket boasts ample wing vents, and all flower petal flats are easily removable for flight.Eugenie Bird says that flipping through vintage issues of FLAIR, Fleur Cowles s influential fashion magazine of the 1950s, helped her achieve the perfect fashion savvy tone Combing through books such as THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF FAIRIES by Katharine Briggs alerted her to such details as the fact that not all fairies have wings, necessitating the use of flying aids such as special hats And the author s innate love of fairies and nature went a long way toward helping her shape the background story, written in the voice of a breathless young fairy Offering details only an insider could know, she follows a whirlwind season of social events that begins with a royal cotillion at the first bluebells bloom and ends with a Fairie Tale Wedding on Midsummer s Eve.Eugenie Bird has taught art, edited books for Senator Adlai Stevenson, assisted the director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and created a cultural history program for grammar schools She is also a certified arc welder In her spare time, she says she enjoys all sorts of things reading, art, writing, gardening, cooking which I try to do as well as I can I like to surprise myself The author and her husband raised two children and now divide their time between Chicago and their Vermont farm, which they share with a thriving fairie community.