Posted: October 14th, 2013 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: Art News, Fashion | Tags: Fashion For the Dead, Garments for the Grave, Pia Interlandi | Comments Off on Dressed For Death
In almost every culture, death is shrouded with ritual, the entombment of the dead is most commonly preceded by its dressing.
In Islam it’s a white cotton cloth, Judaism’s Tachrichim bindings and in the west’s it’s a tradition of grave clothes, solid black woollen suit or head to toe frock.
The corporeal commonality is the preparation of a dead body for it’s journey to the other-side.
In an increasingly secular society, it’s a wonderfilled thing to see an artisan reaching back through these traditions, seeking out something deeper from the aesthetically pleasing.
Despite clothing being almost exclusively about covering outside of the body, Ms Interlandi asks the most intimate question of the dead, where and what is soul? :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: April 10th, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Fashion | Tags: anti-Semitic outburst, Christian Dior, John Galliano, Raf Simons, Sidney Toledano | Comments Off on Christian Dior Replaces Galliano
Belgian designer Raf Simons is taking over as artistic director at Dior, the Paris fashion house has announced, ending months of speculation over who would replace disgraced predecessor John Galliano. Simons, who previously worked for fashion house Jil Sander and is known for his understated looks, was long considered an unlikely candidate as Dior conducted exploratory talks with more high-profile rivals ranging from Marc Jacobs, head designer at Louis Vuitton, to Alber Elbaz of Lanvin.
The top design post at Christian Dior – part of the luxury conglomerate LVMH – has been vacant for more than a year after Galliano was fired for a drunkard anti-Semitic outburst in Paris in March 2011. In September 2011 Galliano was convicted of anti-Semitic behavior by a French court, he was handed a suspended sentance and fined $US8,400. Sidney Toledano, Dior’s chief executive and president, said at the time of the conviction: “The fact that the name of Dior has been linked through its designer, as brilliant as he may be, to intolerable words, is very painful for us.” Read the full article »»»»