Susan Sontag

15 Jul

Alexis Mabille Couture AW1415

Susan Sontag’s quote, « What is most beautiful in virile men is something feminine ; what is most beautiful in feminine women is something masculine », taken from her 1966 essay, « Against Interpretation », was the starting point of the Alexis Mabille Couture Autumn/Winter 2014-2015 Show.

Other Susan Sontag-inspired collections : Basso & Brooke Autumn/Winter 2011-2012 (the show notes quoted Susan Sontag’s introduction about the conflicting desires of wanting to be seen but also to hide and blend in), Charles Anastase Autumn/Winter 2009-2010 (some leather jackets were decorated with a « Susan Sontag » inscription), Louis Vuitton by Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2011 (a quote from Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay, « Notes on “Camp” », « The relation between boredom and camp taste cannot be overestimated », was on every guest’s seat).

Photo : Giovanni Giannoni




Posted by on July 15, 2014 in Uncategorized


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13 responses to “Susan Sontag

  1. Reticent Mental Property

    July 15, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Mesmerizing. Love Sontag. Love this look. Stops me mid stride and makes me have to sit down.

    • Fashion Mayann

      July 15, 2014 at 2:12 pm

      Thanks a lot ! The way Alexis Mabille has interpreted both the masculine and feminine styles is really breathtaking ! Susan Sontag would have loved this ambiguous look …

  2. dievca

    July 15, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    I had a flash to “Whatever Lola Wants, Damn Yankees” – Gwen Verdon. XO

    • Fashion Mayann

      July 16, 2014 at 12:59 pm

      Oh yes !!! Thank you for this irresistible video I’ve checked on YouTube ! Gwen Verdon’s outfit totally echoes Alexis Mabille’s wonderfully ornated silhouette ! XO

  3. Sherri Of Palm Springs

    July 16, 2014 at 12:19 am

    nice Mayann. check out my sherri’s sharing I found someone that said happy Bastile Day…so thats for you..hehe..and a little re-blog same place..

  4. Sherri Of Palm Springs

    July 16, 2014 at 12:20 am

    oh I messed it up..try again

    • Fashion Mayann

      July 16, 2014 at 2:46 pm

      Hehe, merci beaucoup mon amie for the lovely “Bastille Day” post, and for reblogging this post dedicated to such a powerful writer, which highlights such an exquisite outfit ! Have an exquisite day ! Mayann

  5. Laura Guiraud

    July 16, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Elégant ^^

    • Fashion Mayann

      July 16, 2014 at 1:37 pm

      Merci à toi ! Un homme préférerait être l’amant d’une femme qui porterait cette tenue joliment ambiguë, plutôt que son ami ! XD ❤

  6. Ana D

    July 19, 2014 at 4:11 am

    Have you noticed how popular the androgynous look has become? I love it- so elegant and effortless!

    • Fashion Mayann

      July 19, 2014 at 12:13 pm

      Thank you ! Yes, it’s more and more popular and I’m ecstatic because it’s my favorite style (no wonder Jean Paul Gaultier is my favorite couturier then !). Maybe it’s because women are more and more powerful, and men are more in touch with their feminine side ! Anyway, Alexis Mabille’s silhouette has combined the best of both worlds !

  7. Rosa de los Vientos

    July 21, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    I agree with the Susan Sontag’s quote. There is something magic in that mixture of (culturally constructed) feminine and masculine.

    • Fashion Mayann

      July 21, 2014 at 2:49 pm

      For sure, thanks ! And Alexis Mabille has wonderfully captured this magic in this divine girl-meets-boy silhouette !


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