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These books were entered for the 2009 ISTD Student Awards. Children’s fairy tales such as ‘Cinderella’ or ‘Sleeping Beauty’ endorse a very stere… Read More
These books were entered for the 2009 ISTD Student Awards. Children’s fairy tales such as ‘Cinderella’ or ‘Sleeping Beauty’ endorse a very stereotypical idea of ‘beauty’. Those who do not appear physically beautiful are often regarded as possessing an evil or untrustworthy character. In modern society, physical beauty is often celebrated more than inner beauty. The lyrics and tone of many 20th century songs also adhere to this stereotype. Encased in a pseudo-jewellery box, these two handmade books, inspired by fairy tales, aim to intensify the message and tone of the songs ‘You’re so vain’ by Carly Simon and ‘Unpretty’ by TLC. The books also aim to encourage the reader to recognise and reconsider the stereotypes surrounding beauty today. The ‘You’re so vain’ book is the first to be seen and read, thus emphasizing physical beauty as per the stereotypical perception. Upon further inspection into the box set, a smaller book initially hidden from view, can be seen; the ‘Unpretty’ book. Thin, flowing fonts and materials such as velvet, mirror-board and tracing paper aim to highlight ‘You’re so vain’s’ essence of disapproval towards vanity. In ‘Unpretty’, the singer gains self-belief and confidence as the song progresses, and this transition from insecurity to confidence is interpreted through the use of composition, letterpress and paper stock. *** Read Less
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Children’s fairy tales such as ‘Cinderella’ or ‘Sleeping Beauty’endorse a very stereotypical idea of ‘beauty’. Those who do not appearphysically beautiful are often regarded as possessing an evil oruntrustworthy character. In modern society, physical beauty is oftencelebrated more than inner beauty. The lyrics and tone of many 20thcentury songs also adhere to this stereotype.
Encased in a pseudo-jewellery box, these two handmade books,inspired by fairy tales, aim to intensify the message and tone of thesongs ‘You’re so vain’ by Carly Simon and ‘Unpretty’ by TLC. The booksalso aim to encourage the reader to recognise and reconsider thestereotypes surrounding beauty today.