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Fairy Academia is a feminine, otherworldly offshoot of Dark Academia, inspired by the aesthetics of Victorian and Edwardian childhood.

Fairy academics enjoy learning and education, as well as trickery and scheming - as in the 1917 Cottingley Fairy hoax, where two young girls used trick photography to con the populace into thinking there were real fairies in their garden.


Visual

Written

  • Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay
  • A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Peter and Wendy by J.M. Barrie
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
  • Sleeping Beauty by Charles Perrault
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Films

  • Heavenly Creatures (1994)
  • Sleeping Beauty (1959)
  • Maleficent (2014)
  • Mary Pickford's silent films
  • Tinker Bell (2008)

Activities

  • Reading
    • Poetry
    • Mythology
  • Learning
  • Walks through nature
  • Picking flowers
  • Sketching
  • Painting (watercolour)
  • Acting out a play/ballet for the woodland creatures
  • Sewing
  • Cooking
  • Dancing (more specifically ballet)
  • Cons, tricks, swindles, fraud and blackmail; any creative and elaborate offense
  • Pressing flowers
  • Tea parties
  • Sculpting

Fashion

Note: These are not strict rules to follow when it comes to how you should dress, it's just inspiration/a guide!

Fairy Academia fashion consists of flowy, light dresses from a Victorian Era style. A typical outfit could be a long flowing dress with flats or boots, a flower crown or ribbons in your hair.

Tops

  • Floaty dresses in pastel colours (mostly white)
  • Party dresses
  • Mourning clothes
  • Anything a young girl might wear in Edwardian/Victorian times
  • Button up shirts/blouses

Bottoms

  • Long, flowy skirts
  • Tutus

Accessories

  • Ribbons
  • Bows
  • Flowers (flower crowns, flowers stuck to your dress, etc)
  • Long hair
  • Headbands
  • Corsets/structures bodices (if aging up)
  • Colors such as cream, sage green, muted pinks and purples, ivory, and brown

Footwear

  • Ballet flats
  • Oxford/saddle shoes
  • Mary Janes
  • Solid, light coloured tights

Outerwear

  • Linen aprons
  • Straw hats
  • Pea coats

Music

  • Ethereal vocals with unexpected heavy or industrial instrumentals
  • Pretty lyrics that sound hard rock-esque - 90s grunge music
  • Classical, especially ballet, music. Tchaikovsky is a good example.

Genres

  • Classical
  • Ballet
  • K-Pop
  • J-Pop
  • '90s Grunge
  • Psychedelia

Albums

  • Miss Anthropocene by Grimes
  • Pretty. Odd by Panic! At The Disco
  • Just Another Diamond Day by Vashti Bunyan
  • Moenie and Kitchi by Gregory and the Hawk
  • In Your Dreams by Gregory and the Hawk

Musicians

  • Gregory and the Hawk
  • Vashti Bunyan

Songs

Playlists

Gallery

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