Inspired by this haunting photo shoot from Dazed & Confused, I have discovered a new found love for the Renaissance. Most of the clothes in this shoot are from the AW09 D&G collection, but I can feel modern day prints taking a nostalgic nod towards the depths of history in the coming seasons.
I know skulls are everywhere at the moment, in some kind of Gothic revival, but the styling in this image is perfect...from the unfinished paint edges on the blue wall to the silhouette of her coat. Perfection.
I love the irregular pleating in this neck piece - imagine this on a skirt or as a bustle on the back of a waistcoat....oh yes!
To go with all these historical references, think dark embossed leather, gold brocades and Jacquards, heavy decorative laces and oodles of decadence - we've all had enough of the recession, so it's time to dress ourselves out of it! Of course, I couldn't do a post about Renaissance in fashion today without throwing in a few paintings from the time. Ones which I believe would make truly stunning prints, on equally stunning dresses, used hugely blown up and distorted - watch this space!
The archetypal Renaissance artist - Leonardo Da Vinci