The Darker Side of Fairytales: Halloween 2014

This year, for the style team’s annual fall concept shoot we decided to focus on the darker side of fairytales. It all started when I saw Preljocaj’s Snow White at Lincoln Center last spring. Only he could turn such a gruesome story into something so visually stunning. I was so inspired by the show that I suggested to the fashion team that we revisit the original stories of our favorite fairytales, and portray them for our conceptual Halloween shoot. After much deliberation, we ultimately decided to focus on three fairytales: Rumpelstiltskin, Snow White, and The Little Mermaid.

Rumpelstiltskin, “a classic tale of cradle-robbing and self-flagellation”[1], tells the tale of an imp helping the miller’s daughter spin gold in exchange for her first born child. However, once she gives birth she attempts to back out of the deal. He agrees to forget their bargain if she can guess his name in three days. When she succeeds, full of rage, Rumpelstiltskin “drove his right foot so far into the ground that it sank in up to his waist; then in a passion he seized the left foot with both hands and tore himself in two.”[2]

The commonly known Disney version of Snow White leaves out the real ending; after several murder attempts, the evil queen is brought a pair of red, glowing hot  iron shoes. She is forced to step into the burning shoes and dance in them until she dies.

Disney took some liberties with the retelling of The Little Mermaid. In the original fable Ariel does not live “happily ever after” with her prince–instead, he marries another women and she jumps into the sea, dissolving into sea foam, ceasing to exist.

We hope you enjoy! Happy Halloween!


Photographer: Shy Adelman

Stylist: Kate Hamrick

Assistant Stylists: Amelia Collins and Elena Tinschert

Models: (in order of appearance) Amelia Collins, Cat Flaherty, and Amalia Webber



[2] Brother’s Grimm

Kate Hamrick is a sophomore at SLC who studies economics and costume design. She costumed three shows last year, and is scheduled to costume two shows this fall. She is an avid reader, and she loves The Great Gatsby and all of the original Nancy Drew novels. In her spare time she loves watching Downton Abbey and doing yoga. Her favorite movie is Sabrina (1954) and her favorite flower is a pale pink bomb peony. Insta: kehamrick

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