Philadelphia Art Alliance Blog

Annina King: Fashionable Fairy Tales

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Detail of seams, from the artist’s blog.

Internationally trained, locally based designer Annina King is the founder and proprietor of Granaté, which offers both ready to wear and couture fashion and accessories. King takes inspiration from the styles and techniques of the past, with intricate seaming and rich fabrics. Inspired by natural forms and topography, her work dwells on the interplay of the flat, two-dimensional surface of cloth, and the curved, organic forms of the human body.

King’s fashions have a certain timeless feeling, as if her clothes would be at home in the pages of a fairy tale book. This is no coincidence: King has spoken of how her mother used to collect classic illustrated children’s books, with work by artists like Arthur Rackham and Kay Nielsen. The pieces on offer at Geppetto, the holiday-pop up shop at the Art Alliance, could easily be worn by fairy tale figures like Little Red Riding Hood or Sleeping Beauty. There are diaphanous silk scarves printed with images of trees, like the forest setting of so many tales, as well as hooded woolen capes and elegant fingerless gloves, perfect for aspiring princesses.


After completing a Masters of Fashion Design from Drexel, King was selected in 2013 to be one of six designers in residence as part of the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator program. Having begun her couture line in 2007, in 2013 she launched a ready-to-wear line. In addition to expanding her own business, King is also actively engaged in teaching and mentoring, serving as the alumni head of the Philadelphia Fashion Alliance.

The Art Alliance is pleased to present Annina King’s work as part of its holiday pop-up market, Geppetto. Geppetto will be open Tuesday through Sunday, 12 to 7 pm from December 10, 2015, to January 3, 2016. Art Alliance is closed on Mondays.

Text by Flora Ward, Intern.

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