The Maxime Simoëns Autumn/Winter 2013-2014 Show was a tribute to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s « Swan Lake ».
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The Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci Couture Spring/Summer 2008 Show, which paid homage to ballet, was inspired by the cold perversity in Ray Caesar’s paintings, and by Edgar Degas’ depictions of ballerinas.
To read about other Edgar Degas-influenced collections, search for the « Edgar Degas » post that I have published on August 17, 2012.
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The Jean Paul Gaultier Couture Spring/Summer 2011 Show, titled « Punk Cancan », paid homage to French cancan and British punk bands, such as The Clash.
Other The Clash-inspired collections : Kelly Wearstler Pre-Fall 2012 (old videos of The Clash were among the influences of this presentation), Luella Autumn/Winter 2000-2001 (this show was titled « Daddy, who were The Clash ?»), Phi Spring/Summer 2008 (this show paid tribute to the « insouciant yet elegant » look of The Clash).
Moreover, in 2010, to launch The Rodnik Band for OVS industry capsule collection, Philip Colbert wrote the song « God Dress the Queen ! », which was based on The Clash’s « London Calling ».
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Zizi Jeanmaire’s « Mon truc en plumes » (« My feather thing ») was one of the references of Jean Paul Gaultier’s « Black Swan »-themed Couture Autumn/Winter 2011-2012 show, which highlighted, for the finale, the « Libertine Swan » ostrich feather wedding gown, worn by Mylène Farmer.
Other Zizi Jeanmaire-inspired collections : Catherine Malandrino Autumn/Winter 2007-2008 (the short black side-parted hairstyle of this show was an homage to Zizi Jeanmaire), Dior by John Galliano Couture Autumn/Winter 2005-2006 (the French ballet dancer / singer was one of the influences of this collection).
To read about Mylène Farmer-inspired collections or Mylène Farmer’s collaborations, search for the « Mylène Farmer » post that I have published on October 2, 2012.
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Other Isadora Duncan-influenced collections : Ashley Paige Autumn/Winter 2008-2009, Calvin Klein Collection by Francisco Costa Spring/Summer 2006 (the dresses from this show paid homage to Isadora Duncan), Caroline Seikaly Couture Spring/Summer 2012 (« Isadora » collection), Diane von Furstenberg Spring/Summer 2011 (this show, titled « Goddess », which was named after Isadora Duncan, was inspired by the « Isadora Duncan (1877-1927) : A Living Sculpture / Une Sculpture Vivante » exhibition, presented at Paris’ Musée Bourdelle, from November 20, 2009 until March 15, 2010), Madeleine Vionnet Spring/Summer 2013 (to launch this demi-couture collection and to celebrate Madeleine Vionnet’s 100th anniversary, on September 30, 2012, in Paris, Alessandro Possati directed a film which was a tribute to Madeleine Vionnet and Isadora Duncan, who was Madeleine Vionnet’s muse in ’20s Paris), Missoni Spring/Summer 2010 (this show highlighted « new » Isadora Duncans), Prada Resort 2010 (partly).
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Carmen Miranda is one of the 3 influences of the Pedro Lourenço Spring/Summer 2014 Collection.
Other Carmen Miranda-inspired collections : Charlotte Olympia Spring/Summer 2011 (this collection, which featured the « Bananas Is My Business » pumps, decorated with hand-stitched leather fruits, was a tribute to Carmen Miranda), Chris Benz Resort 2011 (this collection paid homage to Carmen Miranda and Sascha Brastoff).
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Other Rudolf Nureyev-inspired collections : Balmain by Olivier Rousteing Autumn/Winter 2012-2013 Menswear (Rudolf Nureyev’s style was mixed with the elegance of Russia’s Imperial Army officers), Carven by Guillaume Henry Resort 2013 (Peter Schlesinger’s photographs of ’70s icons such as Rudolf Nureyev have inspired this collection), Costume National Autumn/Winter 2005-2006 Menswear (the pieces such as caps, skinny trousers into boots, and scarves around the waist, evoked Rudolf Nureyev’s elegance), Jean Paul Gaultier Couture Autumn/Winter 2011-2012 (during this presentation, some men’s pieces were also showcased, which echoed Rudolf Nureyev’s iconic looks), Louis Vuitton by Marc Jacobs Autumn/Winter 2005-2006 Menswear (this show was partly based on Rudolf Nureyev), Roberto Cavalli Autumn/Winter 2005-2006 Menswear (the show notes mentioned Rudolf Nureyev).
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Moulin Rouge has influenced the Jean Paul Gaultier Couture Spring/Summer 2011 Show, « Punk Cancan », whose finale featured a French cancan number, performed by Psykko Tico from the Crazy Horse.
Other Moulin Rouge-inspired collections : Charles Anastase Spring/Summer 2009 (the theme of this show was « a schoolgirl rampage through the Moulin Rouge »), Dee Hutton Autumn/Winter 2013-2014 (this collection draws inspiration from the Moulin Rouge).
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