Oz in the News 3.21.16

Fairy-Tale-Fashion-MFIT-Christian-Louboutin-shoes-250Fairy Tale Fashion  Fairy Tale Fashion is a unique and imaginative exhibition that examines fairy tales through the lens of high fashion. In versions of numerous fairy tales by authors such as Charles Perrault, the Brothers Grimm, and Hans Christian Andersen, it is evident that dress is often used to symbolize a character’s transformation, vanity, power, or privilege. The importance of Cinderella’s glass slippers is widely known, for example, yet these shoes represent only a fraction of the many references to clothing in fairy tales. The exhibition also highlights two fairy tales that take place in Parallel Worlds—Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz. Although Alice makes little reference to clothing, there is a distinct “Wonderland aesthetic” that has influenced fashion. This subsection will feature a playful, bright blue mini-dress by Manish Arora, adorned with fabric playing cards that reference the tale’s Queen of Hearts and her playing card army. By contrast, The Wizard of Oz makes numerous references to fashion, including Dorothy Gale’s blue-and-white gingham frock, represented by a checked cotton dress from the early 1940s by Adrian, who also designed many of the costumes for the famous 1939 film version of the tale. Although Dorothy’s magical shoes are silver in the story, they are better remembered as the sparkling “ruby slippers” from the movie. A pair of bright red, crystal-encrusted stilettos by Christian Louboutin is unmistakably evocative of Dorothy’s iconic footwear.

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Off To See The Wizard With NMDT-PC  New Mexico Dance Theater Performance Company (NMDT-PC), directed by Susan Baker-Dillingham opened her original ballet “The Wizard of Oz” Friday. Baker-Dillingham first choreographed the ballet in 2008 and it premiered in Los Alamos that November. It’s one of my favorites of Baker-Dillingham’s ballets. The choreography in her ballets is always stunning, but this one blows me away.

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