I recently revised my book collection and one of the books I own caught my attention – Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. I consider this book a must in everyone’s library. As a child I couldn’t quite figure out all the thoughts and metaphors which this wonderful book contains, bit I loved drawings by de Saint-Exupéry and I often copied them in my notebooks. Today, with a little bit more of life wisdom and experience :), I find new beauty in it’s simple and so truthful words about life, love and human nature.
Years and years will pass, but I believe that “Le Petit Prince” will stand every test of time, and always teach us and remind us of importance to nurture connection with our often forgotten inner child.
Boat named “Skitnica” in Croatian – English translation would be “The Wanderer” – I think it’s quite appropriate for this post 🙂
“Le Petit Prince” handbag by Miss Dee Hand Made Bags, “Print It Girl!” collection
White “preppy” shirt by Topshop, flower printed skirt by H&M
Beautiful stained glass necklace by Darija Tiffany Art Glass, Croatia
Printed ballet flats by H&M
“Le Petit Prince” earrings by Deseo Dizajn, Croatia
Le Petit Prince (or in English, The Little Prince) was written and illustrated by French aristocrat, writer, poet, and pioneering aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Book was originally published in 1943.
Statue of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in his birth town Lyon
Le Petite Prince tells the story of a little prince who lives alone on his very own planet. After a long voyage he eventually falls on Earth, befriends a fox, tames a rose, and discovers the meaning of life: “On ne voit bien qu’avec le cœur. L’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux.” (or in English, “One sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye.”).
In The Little Prince, Saint-Exupéry explains the importance of seeing the whole truth in order to find beauty. He believes that visible things are only shells that hint at the real worth hidden inside. He points out that man has not learned to look beneath the surface, or perhaps, has forgotten how to do so.
All his life, Saint-Exupéry thought that grown-ups cared mostly about inconsequential matters, such as golf and neckties. When they talked about important matters, they always became dull and boring. They seemed afraid to open up their hearts to the real issues of life; instead, they chose to function on a surface level. This profound story is the most widely read book ever published in the French language and one of the world’s best sellers.
Influence of “Le Petit Prince” in fashion :
February 1996 issue of Vogue Paris.
Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld and photographer Mario Testino payed tribute to the book by styling model Carolyn Murphy in the same fashion as the young prince is typically dressed — a short-sleeved, collared shirt; billowing wide-legged pants; and his sartorial signature, the flowing scarf.
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac’s SS11 collection :
Steampunk vision of Little Prince and his Rose by Moon Art Studio
Little Prince inspired jewelry found on Etsy:
Little Prince as inspiration for eye make- up and some amazing purses
Shoes inspired by Little Prince – middle one and third one are made by Brazilian brand “Melissa”
Motif of Little Prince managed to be the part of home and car decoration…truly universal symbol
Thank you Miss Stela for the wonderful pictures!