It being that special something that triggers a memory, an emotion, or a connection. Inspiration works much the same way; it can come from anywhere, but it can’t be manufactured. It must be discovered.
When making collections, designers often turn to art, film, and literature as jumping-off points. Fairy tales, for example, have informed fashion shoots, some of which are collected in Vogue: Fantasy & Fashion. But Little Red Riding Hood, renegade princesses, and latter-day Joan of Arcs aren’t only to be found on the magazine’s glossy pages. Season after season, the runway is populated with Dickens heroines and royals, as well as more outré imaginings, like femme fleurs and mystical creatures.
What’s the point of these fantasies, some more viable as “real” clothes than others? Fantasy offers possibilities and sparks the imagination, which has no limits. Here, some flights of fancy from the Vogue Runway archive. Dream on.
Queen for a Day
Knights in Shining Armor
Sisters of Mercy
The Decameron Dames
Pomp and Circumstance
The Future Is Female
A Flight of Fancy
You’ll never be old and wise if you weren’t young and crazy.