Grimms Fairytales Turn 200

We'd like to take this opportunity to mark the 200 years since Children's and Household Tales was first published way back on December 20th in 1812. The collection of 86 German folk tales were penned by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm and include storybook tales that most people will be familiar with today. More commonly known as Grimm's Fairy Tales, we're going to take a look at how the second century birthday is being marked along with how many of of excellent fancy dress costumes have since been inspired by the German pioneering authors.

This first volume along with it's second released two years later in 1814 were largely criticised due to the tone and nature of many of the tales. The stories were marketed for children, yet featured many violent and in some cases sexual references. For example, in Rapunzel, her naivety toward her dress becoming ever tighter around her belly, revealing her pregnancy as a result of the prince's visits.

In researching the storied history of the original publication we stumbled across an article published on the website of Canada's largest daily newspaper, the Toronto Star. Deirdre Baker, a small print columnist (we think looks a little like Martina Navratilova) has recently compiled an interesting little read that includes a fun list called Grimms Fairy Tales: 20 things you didn't know. It includes such tidbits as The cruel stepmothers in Snow White and Hansel and Gretel were in fact natural mothers in the early editions. For later editions, the Grimms probably thought they should attempt to preserve the sanctity of motherhood for their family audience.

The Enchanted Forest

Also making a concerted effort to mark the 200th birthday of the release, London based book store Foyles are holding a Grimm-inspired exhibition called The Enchanted Forest, with work from seven of the illustration world's brightest young artists interpreting these wonderfully dark stories in a very special Christmas exhibition. Illustrators include Lesley Barnes, Laura Barrett, Yelena Bryksenkova, Natsuki Otani, Emmeline Pidgen and Karolin Schnoor. The exhibition is put together by illustrator Emma Block, who will also be exhibiting some of her work. The exhibition is absolutely free to visit, so there's no excuse to not stop by if you find yourself in the capital. The Enchanted Forest runs from the 28th of November until the 8th of December 2012. Stop by Emma's wordpress blog for some examples of the superb work that is on show. Our favourite piece so far is the woodland image by Karolin Schnoor. Take a look, share your thoughts in the comments below.

Our Top Grimm Fairytale Character Fancy Dress

Deluxe Red Riding Hood Costume


Our Rapunzel costume is by no means a regular take on the Grimm's creation. A more modern interpretation, this Rapunzel fancy dress costume is typically popular around Halloween due to the use of bright colours and the offbeat styling. Throw in the bright pink coloured Rapunzel wig and it's likely to be anything but what the brothers Grimm had in mind when their minds first imagined the characters tale.

The Disney Rapunzel movie, Tangled, was released back in 2010 and is, at the time of writing, the big screen's most recent presentation of the long haired damsel. As a result, it will be no surprise that demand for Rapunzel dress up has increased!


The Cinderella costume is a beautifully sexy take on the much-loved character. It's super popular for women who are attending a fairytale themed fancy dress party. Check it out, we're very fond of the design with the layered skirt. Cinderella fancy dress makes a wonderful excuse to do your hair up and look like a real princess.

The story of Cinderella is perhaps best remembered from the 1950 film (shocked at how old it is? We were!) by Disney. There have since been two direct to DVD releases Cinderella II: Dreams Come True and Cinderella III: A Twist in Time. Much like the aforementioned Rapunzel, Cinderella dress up has too benefited from a resurgence with younger viewers embracing the DVD releases.

Sleeping Beauty

The children’s range of Sleeping Beauty dress up costumes are quite cute in their designs. Our favourite Sleeping Beauty costume is the official child Sleeping Beauty outfit. It features an illustration of the character on the bodice and a delightful burnished styling. See for yourself, it's a lovely Sleeping Beauty fancy dress ensemble.

The story of Sleeping Beauty is brought to film by Disney some nine years following the release of Cinderella and divulges the story of Princess Aurora. Characters from Sleeping Beauty including Aurora later featured in the 2007 direct to DVD film Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams. The next big screen adaptation will be the big budget live action movie starring Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning and features a budget somewhere in the range of $200 million dollars.

Snow White

Take a look at the Snow White costume, it is one of our favourite Snow White dress up outfits that we currently sell here at Jokers' Masquerade. The contrasting of the material used in the bodice and skirt work so well together. Simply add the stockings available separately to complete the desired look.

The Snow White story was brought to the mainstream way back in 1937 and was released as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The character was revisited for the 2012 film Snow White and the Huntsman and starred the seemingly eternally tortured Kristen Stewart as Snow White. Today, the characters of Snow White, the Evil Queen and Grumpy the dwarf appear as regular characters in the television series Once Upon A Time.


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