“The exhibition also considers the popularity of fairies in the 1920s when Cicely Mary Barker first created the Flower Fairies. 100 years on, the Flower Fairies continue to bring joy to people around the world. These charming illustrations celebrate the beauty of nature and the innocence of childhood. They offer a unique combination of fantasy and naturalism, opening a window into a magical fairyland blooming with flowers."
The cultural impact of Cicely Mary Barker’s Flower Fairies can still be seen in the modern era through high fashion and popular culture. In Spring 2022, Gucci created a range of clothing and accessories adorned with characters created by Barker, and musician Billie Eilish drew inspiration from the book Fairyopolis for a recent tattoo.
Sara Glenn, Commercial Curator at Penguin Ventures said: “Highlights on loan from the Warne Archive will include a selection of original Flower Fairy artworks and three beautiful costumes specially created in quarter scale by Vin Burnham.
Flower Fairies at the Lady Lever Art Gallery opens April 15 and runs through November 5.