June 2015, FashionClash Festival

For her Spring/Summer 2015 collection, presented in Maastricht at FashionClash Festival, Amber narrates “Once Upon a Dream… She Got Smothered By Reality.”

Elegant, submissive, passive they await their salvation. To rescue a princess from magical imprisonment, a handsome prince who never met her before must first try to slay the evil force. It is such a shame that classic Disney fairy tales set up girls for disappointment and codependency. The idea of their prince having to revive her with a kiss or potion or countless other failing remedies is toxic and old fashioned. Amber Ambrose Aurèle analyzed the rebellion and longing to be self-sufficient of these Disney damsels. Poisonous kisses is a reference to the harmful belief women need to be beautiful and helpless in awaiting for her only destiny in life; finding true love.

So many fairytales were about their households, and about being punished for crossing lines that shouldn’t be crossed. Accepting shiny apples, touching a spindle, being humble and subservience is more important than being courageous and confident. Even when the princess is adventurous and on a mission, she willingly gives up her identity for a man she never even met before. Only since the 90s has the message been firm to never underestimate the power of a princess.

Life is more beautiful, raw, painful, exhilarating, and spectacular than Disney ever taught you. We don’t need to be saved; we just need heels. And sometimes they are 3D-printed.

Print design: Kesha Filipa
Photo: Jimmy on the run
Model: Pam Kidimbu

Photography: Negin Sadeghi
Styling: Julieta Piacenza Vanderhoeven
MUAH: Ramila Kocer-Alizade
Model: Nina Storm van Leeuwen

Seen in editorials: Elléments magazine