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Note: This was a personal aesthetic, but because this was created before the ban on personal aesthetics was in place, many content creators used this page for inspiration, making this page necessary.

Fairy Academia is a feminine, otherworldly offshoot of Dark Academia, inspired by the popular children's novels and illustrations from the 19th and 20th centuries as well as the general themes and visuals of Victorian and Edwardian childhood.

The main inspiration comes from the concept or belief in English/Western European folklore, particularly fairies and their relationship to children. Key inspirations of the aesthetic are derived from Cicely Mary Barker's flower fairy illustrations, which remain popular with modern children because of picture books like Fairyopolis or with collectors of Barker prints/novelty home ware. Other artists that depict similar fairies are also included, as well as depictions of the fairies from the works of William Shakespeare, such as Titania, Oberon, and the fairy kingdom in A Midsummer Night's Dream or Ariel in The Tempest.

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.

History[]

Fairy Academia is an aesthetic that was created by wiki user Fairypage. It is a combination of an identified series of inter-related events and design movements, but was named as an aesthetic in that the categories relating to lifestyle and associated music are unrelated to the original Victorian/Edwardian time period, such as the grunge elements listed below.

Visuals[]

Literature[]

  • 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
  • Fairyopolis (ghostwritten)

Television[]

  • Winx Club (2004)
  • Heavenly Creatures (1994)
  • Sleeping Beauty (1959)
  • Mary Pickford's silent films
  • Tinker Bell (2008)
  • Carnival Row (2019)

Activities[]

  • Reading
    • Poetry
    • Mythology
  • Learning
  • Walks through nature
  • Picking flowers
  • Sketching
  • Painting
  • 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[]

Fairy Academia fashion consists primarily of long and floor-length dresses from a Victorian Era style. A typical outfit could consist of a dress with flats or boots, a flower crown or ribbons in the hair.

Textiles[]

  • Tulle
  • Silk

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/structured 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[]

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

Playlists[]

Songs[]

Gallery[]

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