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Fairie-ality: The Ellwand Collection Hardcover – 4 Nov 2002


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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd (4 Nov 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074458065X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0744580655
  • Product Dimensions: 31.2 x 25.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 326,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 for.

Photographer 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 Question."

Outfits 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 pages.

Appealing though Fairie-ality undoubtedly is, it's more likely to make an ideal gift for the fashion victim/New Age type in your life rather than the fairytale-loving youngster. Suitable for ages 12 upwards. --Alison Drury

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"He caters not only for the willowy fairie form but also for those of us with a more petite stature." Thumbelina; "I wouldn't have dressed Cinderella in anything else, darling" The Fairie Godmother; "I can put a mantle round the world but I wouldn't be seen dead in public without my Ellwand birch britches." Robin Goodfellow

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By ~*bethany grace*~ on 3 Dec 2002
Format: Hardcover
My mummy bought me this to celebrate completion of a really big project. I felt so drained afterwards this is what I got! It is absolutely gorgeous, I found myself wanting some of the dresses, and the loose watercolours of faeries throughout are so pretty. A wonderful present for anyone (I'm 16) who is artistic, creative, imaginative or still a child at heart. I wouldn't suggest this for anyone under ten years old, it is aimed at adults and the pieces are rather delicate, with folding pages, envelopes etc.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Dec 2002
Format: Hardcover
Fairie-ality without doubt shows the genius of David Ellwand. David's beautiful designs complimented so well by the wonderful illustrations of David Downton and the writing of Eugenie Bird. It is without doubt the most beautiful book I have ever seen. Not only are David's garments awe-inspiring but his landscape photography is out of this world. Today more than ever we need awe and wonder in our lives and this book gives just that and so much more. A magnificently produced book using the finest paper and technology available today. The book is suitable for young and old alike and will give untold pleasure to many this Christmas and to future generations. This book will become a classic the world over. Congratulations to David Ellwand and all concerned with this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Nov 2002
Format: Hardcover
A beautiful book with large glossy images of the latest must-have clothes for the little folk. Quirky comments accompany the tiny outfits, which are collage style clothes made from seed heads, flower petals etc. Every child has imagined clothes such as the Ellwand collection, although not really a child's book as there is no story content and a lack of the farie models. Will be enjoyed as a coffee table book just because its a nice thing to own - pretty pictures and a bit of fun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ikula Nappa on 25 Dec 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is filled with beautiful illustrations and photographs of fairy costumes made from such natural items as feathers, leaves, petals, shells etc. Whilst the pieces themselves make the book well worth owning, I have decided not to give the book five stars as I personally would have found it more interesting to have a little more information on the artist and their background, techniques etc.
However, maybe some of the magic is in the mystery! If all things fantastical interest you, and you appreciate the clever use of natural items to create something magical, this book is a must have!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By spriglet on 22 Sep 2010
Format: Hardcover
I have always loved David Downton's work having studied him (and being taught by his wife) in Art A-level. This book was my favourite throughout my two years at college and I would use it as much as possible in my work. The detail is stunning and so intricate - and very few books can get that across. I love the little stories and beautiful illustrations - a book that art and fashion followers of all ages can enjoy.
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