September 30, 2013

Victoriana

Victorion Gown and Marc JacobsWhen it comes to Victorian design, less was not more but rather quite the opposite. Fashion design, textiles, and decorative arts of the period followed a busy, multi-media-like aesthetic that reflected the era’s booming and increasingly industrialized society. The more is more philosophy was also employed by Marc Jacobs in his latest collection, which pulled inspiration from an expanse of historical elements. A melting pot of a collection, the show featured elements from military-style outerwear, art deco textiles by Raoul Duffy, and jet-beaded Victorian mourning gowns–complete with leg-o-mutton sleeves. A look from Jacobs’s spring 2014 collection shares an affinity with a 19th-century gown housed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

 

Beaded Bustle Gown, 1887. The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Beaded Bustle Gown, 1887. The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

 

Marc Jacobs RTW SS 2014

Marc Jacobs RTW SS 2014

 

 

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