Friday, May 25, 2012

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Religious Iconography in Fashion

Catholic imagery, ornamentation, colour combinations and iconography seem to be at the forefront of fashion lately. I think this has much to do with the biggest popstar in the world's frequent use of Catholic hearts, crosses, baroque-style Virgin Mary silhouettes and hairstyles. But I think religion's prevalence in fashion is also inspired by the elusive faith associated with street toughness/gangs, expressed through Chola style, which often includes religious tattoos and jewellery. Everyone seems to be attracted to a secret emotionality protected behind a ruthless/courageous exterior.

Skirt: Jane Marple


Above: Jean Paul Gaultier - from his unreal Spring 2007 Couture collection


wrapped hair w/ gold & red from Mcqueen's posthumous Fall 2010 collection echoes the flattened hair in Da Vinci's famous painting below


detail from Da Vinci s Lady with an Ermine, 1489

above: more from McQueen's final 2010 collection

Religious inspiration seems to go hand in hand with medieval royalty costume.

Below: Christian Lacroix - always straight out of a fairytale, Fall 2008 Couture

Below: more Gaultier from same collection


Amazing headdresses, many mimicking halos

Above: Alex Noble jacket w/ sacred heart worn in Gaga Judas video

still from Luhrmann's 1996 Romeo+Juliet. Gaudy, violent Catholicism at it's finest.

Norma Shearer in costume from Romeo and Juliet (1936). The detailing on her dress mirrors the religious Maltese architecture below

"The towns were scattered with catholic adornments, sculpted metal roses and sunbursts, Virgin Mary busts and different Saints on plaques to bless the houses. It all reminded me of Luhrmann's Romeo+Juliet, the churches covered with hundreds of electric bulbs to light them to the heavens were straight from a film set."

- photo & quote from prettymuchpenniless.com, click photo

Religious architecture to me is like attempting to bring faith to life, much like today with clothing.

D&G - Fall 2009

above & below: Jeremy Scott - Fall 2010

Jeremy Scott - Fall 2011 and for Adidas below

above: Emilio Pucci - Spring 2012

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For more of such:

http://fashionindie.com/when-i-find-my-self-in-times-of-trouble-mother-mary-vogues-for-me-15-photos/madonna-by-pierre-giles/#gallery

http://essaouiraetc.blogspot.com/2007/01/haute-couture-ete-07-jean-paul-gaultier.html

http://pocketfulofstarlight.blogspot.com/2011/09/film-inspiration-romeo-juliet.html

Motorcycle Jacketsss


WOW Marc Jacobs + uncredited Vuitton team really know how to notice what hasn't been done in recent memory & then do it & do it different! REALLY 'neat' concept: The classic Motorcycle jacket done not only in croc-embossed leather, but matte instead of the classic leathery sheen + icy pastels! Who woulda thunk? I usually never praise specific high-fashion designers, mainly because I know most of them are just figureheads, but everything Jacobs gets involved in is consistently interesting, cool, & smart so why not?

from the Louis Vuitton Spring 2012 Collection:

& I forgot to mention the feathered tweed version....

In contrast to the delicate versions above, here're some wilder ones, below: Burberry - Spring 2011

Below: Dsquared - Fall 2010

Now go out & get yer license!