Fairy Academia

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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.


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



  • 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

TV media

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


  • 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


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.


  • Tulle
  • Silk


  • 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


  • Long, flowy skirts
  • Tutus


  • 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


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


  • Linen aprons
  • Straw hats
  • Pea coats


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  • 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.


  • Classical
  • Ballet
  • New Age
  • K-Pop
  • Lo-fi
  • '90s Grunge
  • Psychedelia


  • 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


  • Gregory and the Hawk
  • Vashti Bunyan



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