Lorenzo Nanni born in Italy, is a 34 years old textile artist living and working in Paris. He specialized in embroidery.
This is stunning, not only in it’s natural beauty, but in the craftsmanship.
Alexander McQueen S/S 2005 “It’s Only A Game”
The Spring/Summer 2005 runway show for Alexander McQueen took inspiration from a number of places; Edwardian lace detailing, Japanese kimonos, American football, and Latin America, for example. The most surprising, however, was Lee’s decision to turn the show into a live chess match, inspired by the human chess played in the first Harry Potter novel, the Philosopher’s Stone.
The first “act” of the show consisted of models in gorgeous and wearable looks, complete with frothy sundresses, detailed blazers cut to perfection, and obi-belted jackets. One by one they lined up on the runway after showcasing their look, seemingly by color scheme.
The second “act” was focused on the more theatrical clothing- it was truly something to behold. Highlights included the molded leather dresses with skirts of horse hair, elaborate Japanese kimonos and shoes, and beautifully crafted American football uniforms.
As all of the models finished taking their place on the runway, the lights were dimmed, and an automated voice began commanding certain models into positions on the now visible chessboard. They quite literally played a game of chess, culminating with the two queens, played by Gemma Ward and Hana Soukupova, circling each other.
The critics’ response was that this show was entirely McQueen, and some of his best work. In Lee’s own words:
“[In this collection] the idea of the chess game meant that we looked at six different types of women, women on opposing sides. We had the Americans facing the Japanese and the redheads facing the tanned Latinos.” - Another Magazine, SS05
OUTROSPECTION; THE BODY AND MIND
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