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 swindle, where two little girls used trick photography to con the populace into thinking there were real fairies in their garden.


  • Picnic at Hanging Rock
  • Frances Hodgson Burnett's A Little Princess and The Secret Garden
  • Heavenly Creatures
  • Mary Pickford's silent films
  • Peter Pan
  • Maleficent
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Victorian fairytale ephemera
  • Courtney Love's videos for Violet and Mono (aged-up)
  • Ballet costumes, backdrops and stories
  • Fairytale-esque renaissance paintings


  • Reading - esp. archaic poetry and mythology
  • Traditional pursuits in girls' education - sketching, sewing, cooking, dancing
  • Cons, tricks, swindles, fraud and blackmail - any creative and elaborate offense
  • Enjoying and learning about nature
  • Pressing and drying flowers


Under Construction


  • Anything a young girl might wear in Edwardian times - white floaty dresses, party dresses, mourning-clothes
  • Colors such as cream, sage green, muted pinks and purples, ivory, and brown
  • Ballet flats or oxford "saddle" shoes
  • Long hair with ribbons and flowers
  • Linen aprons
  • Structured bodices and corsets (if aging up)
  • Straw hats


  • Ethereal vocals with unexpected heavy or industrial instrumentals - Grimes' Miss Anthropocene album, Naturtrane by Nina Hagen
  • Cute songs with strange, disarming undertones - K-Pop and J-Pop

    Courtney Love - Mono

  • Pretty lyrics that sound hard rock-esque - 90s grunge music
  • Classical, especially ballet, music. Tchaikovsky is a good example.


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