let’s play dress-up

by Violet Blue on October 31, 2008


Image from the Pirates collection at Agent Provocateur.

A while back I pointed you to the jaw-droppingly decadent Season of the Witch campaign (and its nipplelicious Easter eggs) over at heady lingerie retailer Agent Provocateur. I’m excited to tell you that they’re currently featuring a Witches collection and a Pirates collection — but what’s more, their HOT “Pirates” choose your own adventure online video experience is not to be missed. Especially if you like sexy girls in (and out of) incredible lingerie acting all swaggery and taking each other prisoner at sword point, etc… Gawd, it’s hot in there.

This *somehow* came from an internet rabbit hole I went down when I discovered the New York FIT (The Fashion Institute of Technology) museum exhibit Gothic: Dark Glamour (September 5, 2008 through February 21, 2009), described as:

“The dark glamour of the gothic has made it perversely attractive to many designers,” said Dr. Valerie Steele, director of The Museum at FIT and curator of this exhibition. “John Galliano told me that he saw the ‘Gothic girl’ as ‘edgy and cool, vampy and mysterious,’ while Rick Owens said that whenever he saw goth kids, he felt as though they were his children. But other designers, such as Olivier Theyskens and Ann Demeulemeester, reject the gothic label, although they acknowledge that their work may display a certain dark romanticism.”

An introductory gallery focuses on the origins of gothic style, which have inspired both designers and goths. The Victorian cult of mourning, for example, is illustrated by actual mourning dresses, veils, and momento mori jewelry. The main gallery space is designed as a labyrinth, featuring iconic themes such as Night, with black evening dresses; the Ruined Castle, with fashion inspired by gothic images of the Dark Ages, ruins, and fragments; and the Laboratory, where futuristic fashion “monsters” are created. Other themes include Veils and Masks, Batcave, and the Haunted Palace – the last of which draws on Edgar Allan Poe’s architectural metaphor for a disturbed mind.

The online exhibit is stunning (sound alert; Flash site). It features the work of one modern designer whose work I would pretty much do anything to own a single piece of — the amazing Kambriel. My two favorite pieces of hers that I want SO badly are this (above, in the FIT exhibition) and this.

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1 Tara B. November 1, 2008 at 12:06 am

thanks so much for featuring this! i actually just posted a clip on this, i go to school here and used to work at the museum. it’s one of the best shows they have put on and the website doesn’t compare to the show in person. :)

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