Friday, 16 November 2012

Drawn together

Our childhoods are over as we know them. Gone are the days of referring back to our favourite Disney toons to give us that warm and fuzzy feeling of security and being safe to re insure us that everything will be alright in the end. Nope, those days are gone; much like our relationships with our parents, the older we get we figure out that our mothers aren't sweet innocent women dressed by small woodland animals daily as she sings in 8 octaves rejoicing her love that the a new day has began; our fathers are not the muscular hero that can save you from fire breathing dragons, powerful wizards and witches and a mob of people who are trying to kill you because they just don't understand you. No my loves, we find out that our parents are just mere mortals just like us.

The new realisation is this: although Disney always taught us that everything is beautiful, simple and traditional, real life is never like this. Life is complicated, messy and unpredictable yet still can be as beautiful without certain traditions and hang ups. Artist Rodolfo Loazia paints the Disney characters somewhat after their roles as princes and princesses end. We need no longer ask 'what every happened to Jasmine and Aladdin after they got married?' or 'did Cinderella & prince charming truly live happily ever after?' the truth is Jasmine fell in love with Belle, Aladdin, upset with his wife that he had used all his 3 wishes on, went to his confidant, Hercules, and after a few too many drinks, tears and an emotional breakdown, they found each other lip locking their aggression out. Haven't we all been there? And as for Cinderella- the girl eventually got everything she wanted. So what happens to the women who goes from rags to riches? Sadly she couldn't deal with it. It started when she began to hang out with that slut Sleeping Beauty, and they would continuously attend their Balls in shorter dresses without underwear exposing themselves to all their minions, then it just got worse. Her once gorgeous blonde hair was stripped away. In a moment of pure insanity, she decides that she no longer needs it and not in the spiritual sense of the word- but in a 'I don't know what the hell i'm doing' way, assuming it'll grow back in the morning. That bitch cray.

But its not all doom and gloom; another thing that we were all taught from Disney was aspiration. We all can have what we want and dream when you believe. This is demonstrated to well in the new Disney & Barneys New York collaboration. Taking us into Minnie Mouse's mind and fantasy of getting her Lanvin dress. The short cartoon gives us very influential people in fashion from editors such as Suzy Menkes, models like Naomi Campbell, celebrities like Gaga & Sarah Jessica Parker, as well designers like Alber Elbaz, hair & make up artists, photographers and other fashion icons like Daphne Guinness. To be fair, there is nothing I love more than seeing someone I like illustrated. I don't really know why, but I guess its because there is so many ways of drawing someone depending on what part you see them and how they are perceived. Its a cute cartoon that has the softness and happiness of Disney, but the hard edge of today.

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