House of Dior
Ensemble, spring/summer 2006
Red and black rubber-coated cotton-linen twill embroidered with black silk thread and seed beads, black silk chiffon, and metal grommets
"This dress features a portrait of the controversial Italian political philosopher and statesman Niccolo Machiavelli from the title page of his influential treatise The Prince (1532). the book was part of the personal library of King Francis !, who was once believed to have lived in the house from with the doorway and staircase enclosure here originate. The Prince was condemned by Paul IV for its promotion of anti-Christian values, and , along with all of Machiavelli's works, was placed on the Catholic Church's Index of Prohibited Books. Publication of that list ceased in 1966, under Paul VI."
Some snaps from my visit to "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination" at The Met Cloister last Saturday. .
These fashion pieces from the 20th and 21st century show how designers probe the engagement between fashion and Catholicism, from sacred images, objects or costume. Placing them vis-à-vis the Met Cloister's collection of religious artistic objects helps us understand the designers' source of inspiration while transporting the visitors to the world of Catholic imagination. .
For me this exhibition shows that something magnificent can be born out of the intertwining connection between art and religion (any religion). They are not Voldemort and Harry Potter, that "neither can live while the other survives". 😜So don't be scared to one of them, they love each other. Don't hate one of them because you prefer the other, you know nothing good will surface out of an extreme "blind love".
"Fashion and religion have long been intertwined, mutually inspiring and informing one another. Although this relationship has been complex and sometimes contested, it has produced some of the most inventive and innovative creations in the history of fashion" -Andrew Bolton, Curator of The Costume Institute.
When #maryquant first introduced the #miniskirt (named after her favourite car, the mini cooper) to the fashion runway in the early 60s, it caused an uproar amongst a rather rigid society and outraged designers like Christian Dior. The fresh, new, daring hemline was unconventional and energetic, making it the perfect statement piece amongst everyday woman fighting to change current morale. These photos were taken in 1966 when a group of women, who referred to themselves as The British Society for the Advancement of the MiniSkirt protested outside the House of Dior for the 'unfair' treatment of mini skirts 😍💅