07 July, 2010

Día de los Muertos

"It’s my romantic side, but the concept is very gothic and very dark."
Riccardo Tisci

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), is a holiday celebrated in Latin America and by Latin Americans living in the United States and Canada. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died.

When the news spread that Givenchy was no longer staging a runway show a shock wave was felt. However upon viewing the newest collection inspired by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (what would have been her 103rd birthday was yesterday), the reasoning is very obvious.
This new way of presenting the garments to potential clients allows the viewers to truly see the intricate and breath-taking details on the pieces, their construction a result of "1,600 hours of work" (style.com).
Gicenchy designer Riccardo Tsici's religious upbringing was evident and the collection was inspired by Mexico's el Dia de los Muertos celebrations.
Silk and sparkling crystal, tulle, ostrich feathers and Chantilly lace are just some of the embellishments the jaw-droppingly beautiful 10 look collection features.
A tulle bodysuit maps out the bones of the human body - a hint of the darkness that has come to be expected of Riccardo. Bloody hearts from Mexico's Roman Catholic iconography were displayed through a jacket in bone hued leather (Lions, and tigers, and bears, Oh Chanel!) and also presented was a corseted golden crystal evening gown that took "2 weeks to create by a team of 30 people".(Lions, and tigers, and bears, Oh Chanel!)

This is true Haute Couture and truly appreciating that kind of detailing becomes very difficult when looks are seen briefly on the runway. On Wednesday (today) "clients will attend one on one appointments with the Givenchy couture coordinator" (Lions, and tigers, and bears, Oh Chanel!) and have an opportunity to give the collection a closer inspection.

The collection spoke to me - not from a religious point of view, but from the anatomical side. I love the human anatomy and I am immediately drawn to clothing that draws inspiration from it. Structuring and detailing following the bones of the body will always attract me and this collection was no different. The dress Natasha Poly (1st image) is wearing is my favorite of the whole collection. I am in love with the glimpses of skin that is revealed surrounding the intricately detailed pelvic region, torso and sternum that eventually ends in feathers that appear to float in mid air around the lower legs and feet of the wearer.
Like the vast majority - I would have killed to see this collection up close and personal. So much is lost in photos.

images from modelcouture


jessy said...

amazing amazing amazing. so inspiring, and what a beautiful colour palette.

xx jessy

kate said...

Beautiful clothes and as a catholic the iconography really speaks to me.
It's a shame you didn't give your own review instead using Jenny Barchfield's reworded article http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2010/07/06/lifestyle-eu-france-fashion-givenchy_7745374.html?boxes=financechannelAP
I would love to know what you really thought of it and how it spoke to you as a fashion blogger and observer of trends

Anonymous said...

WOW, so beautiful.

Gabrielle Darko said...

so beautiful

wekilledCOUTURE. said...

Hi Kate,
Thank you for the link, I hadn't seen that article and had gathered my information from other sources. I appreciate your input immensely, but there are only so many ways to describe a collection - especially one I haven't seen in person and that has such strong and obvious influences.
The description of materials used and the time it took etc. are very similar - I will give you that. But these are facts and I couldn't really change them.
I will edit the post to include references for these facts, and will expand upon how it spoke to me. I was in a rush and I will admit I didn't spend as much time as I should have writing this. I hope this will not change your opinion of me or my blog.


C said...

Actually, I dare to say wikipedia is wrong, I believe that Día de Muertos is a 100% Mexican tradition not from the whole Latin American countries :)

Out of that,I really like the work on these garments, is exquisite.

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