Poisonous Kisses, 2015
“Once Upon a Dream … She Got Smothered By Reality”
Amber Ambrose Aurèle X Kesha Felipa
“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 rst 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-suf cient 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; nding 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 con dent. 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 rm 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 those are 3D-printed.”