When Kathy Aoki created the “Princess Fashion Phenomenon” series of linocut, silkscreen, intaglio and lithographic prints, she envisioned a time in the not-so-distant future when women will dress as princesses on a daily basis. After years of inculcation by media powerhouses such as Disney and Mattel, girls brought up to love and mimic all things princess and fairy-princess will bring those values with them into adulthood. Aoki takes inspiration from famous art history references such as Hokusai’s “Great Wave off Kanagawa” (1829-1832 CE) and the works of Honoré Daumier to “document” her futuristic fashion trend.
You may notice the presence of the “Glamour Palais” theme park in several pieces; Aoki invented this Disneyesque park for adult princess wannabes of the future. As you can see in the piece Destruction of Glamour Palais, the Los Angeles-based Glamour Palais theme park is sadly destined for destruction by floodwaters from global warming in 2213 CE.