This couture season in Paris was a rather pleasant surprise to us at the Atelier.
It seemed that two of the concepts we presented in our catwalk show last year resonated in the ether strongly enough that two couture houses, which we hold in the highest regard as our inspirations, picked up on them, either consciously or, most probably, unconsciously. Or, perhaps, the similarities were unrelated, and it was others, who had already presented those concepts decades, or centuries ago, that inspired all of us.
Once the world is displayed before us with its histories and imagery, such as it is today, made especially easy by a click of a button, we again conclude that nothing is new, but all recycled.
Yet, what always remains new and fresh is the individual artist’s imprint on the myriad of forms available to choose from as inspiration. Today it is individuality and personal qualities of the author that we celebrate, rather than ‘newness’. Seems like with the information overload, humanity is diving deeper into the substance of life.
Please see my original post on the theory of inspiration here: ‘Kamadhenu’ (Wish Tree Dress III) – On Sound in Ether and Artistic Inspiration
Whatever it is that happened in the realm of the subtle mind, I am honoured to be able to think along with the people I admire.
Mandali Mendrilla Atelier, “Kamadhenu”(click here for original post about the dress), Yantra Couture, 2016. Hair by Keune, Fashion Week Zagreb:
Christian Dior Haute Couture, 2017:
Mandali Mendrilla Atelier, “Puri” (click here for original post about the dress which was built upon a piece of couture originally crafted for a Temple Deity cca. 40 years ago), Srngar Couture, 2016.:
Viktor & Rolf Haute Couture, 2017, crafted using vintage couture pieces and Japanese ‘Kintsugi’ technique: