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Joséphine de Beauharnais

Alexandra Vidal SS15

The Alexandra Vidal Spring/Summer 2015 Collection is influenced by Joséphine de Beauharnais’s love of luxurious fabrics.

Other Joséphine de Beauharnais-inspired collections : Chaumet (in 2010, to celebrate its 230 years, Chaumet launched the jewelry collection « Joséphine / Josephine », in homage to the French jeweler’s first muse, the Empress of the French), John Galliano (in 1992, John Galliano paid tribute to Joséphine de Beauharnais and her husband Napoleon in his collection entitled « Napoleon and Josephine »).

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Posted by on November 21, 2014 in Uncategorized


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Empress Elisabeth of Austria


Empress Elisabeth of Austria (« Sissi ») was one of the inspirations of the Dior by John Galliano Couture Autumn/Winter 2004-2005 Show.

Other Empress Elisabeth of Austria-influenced collections : Emilio Pucci by Peter Dundas Autumn/Winter 2011-2012 (Romy Schneider in Ernst Marischka’s « Sissi » trilogy was one of the references of this collection), Jean Paul Gaultier Couture Autumn/Winter 2014-2015 (the penultimate look of this show, a Second Empire crinoline, worn by Conchita Wurst, was named « Zizi Imperatrice / Willy the Empress », a pun on « Sissi impératrice », French for Empress Sissi), Roberto Cavalli Autumn/Winter 2004-2005 (Elisabeth of Austria was one of the inspirations of this show).

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Posted by on August 21, 2014 in Uncategorized


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Queen Victoria

Alexander McQueen AW89

The Alexander McQueen Autumn/Winter 2008-2009 Show was partly inspired by Queen Victoria.

Other Queen Victoria-influenced collections : Jean-Charles de Castelbajac Autumn/Winter 2006-2007 (this show, which paid homage to British icons, featured a dress, decorated with a black-and-white portrait of Queen Victoria and yellow Smileys), Libertine Spring/Summer 2006 (this show highlighted several « Queen Victoria » patterns).

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Posted by on August 11, 2014 in Uncategorized


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Madame du Barry

L'Wren Scott SS10The L’Wren Scott Spring/Summer 2010 Show, titled « Madame du Barry », paid homage to the color « Du Barry Red », which was named after Louis XV of France’s final mistress.

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Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Uncategorized


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Georges Hobeika Couture AW1314

France’s splendor of royalty influenced the Georges Hobeika Couture Autumn/Winter 2013-2014 Show.

Other France-inspired collections : Anna Sui Spring/Summer 2013 (this show was based on the style of the Second Empire in France, mixed with punk), Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld Resort 2013 (Karl Lagerfeld said that the theme of this collection was « Versailles in a Socialist France »), Jacquemus Autumn/Winter 2013-2014 (this show was an homage to France).

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Posted by on August 16, 2013 in Places


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Diana, Princess of Wales

JCDC AW67 Lady Diana

Diana, Princess of Wales was one of the British icons who were celebrated in the Jean-Charles de Castelbajac Autumn/Winter 2006-2007 Show.

Other Diana, Princess of Wales-inspired items : Dior (in 1995, Lady Diana fell in love with a bag that Gianfranco Ferré had designed for Dior, which was later renamed « Lady Dior », in her honor), Tod’s (in March 2013, Tod’s released the « Timeless Icon » book, to pay homage to Diana, Princess of Wales, which highlighted pictures of Diana with her beloved Tod’s tote).

To read about Union Jack-inspired collections, search for the « Union Jack » post that I published on March 18, 2013.

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Posted by on July 23, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Joan of Arc

Dior Couture AW67Joan of Arc was one of the inspirations of the Dior by John Galliano Couture Autumn/Winter 2006-2007 Show.

Other Joan of Arc-influenced collections : A. F. Vandevorst Spring/Summer 2011 (some pieces evoked Joan of Arc’s armor), Dior by John Galliano Spring/Summer 2007 (the hairstyle of this collection was based on Joan of Arc’s haircut), Gio Diev Spring/Summer 2011 (for this footwear collection, Gio Metodiev was inspired by female warriors such as Joan of Arc), Jean Paul Gaultier Spring/Summer 1994 (this collection featured a cotton tulle corset dress which was an homage to Joan of Arc), Jill Stuart Autumn/Winter 2008-2009 (the theme of this collection was « Joan of Arc : a sophisticated revolutionary »), Lara Bohinc Autumn/Winter 2009-2010 (some shoes paid homage to Joan of Arc), Louis Vuitton by Marc Jacobs Autumn/Winter 2003-2004 (Joan of Arc was one of the muses of this collection), Nicole Miller Autumn/Winter 2008-2009 (this collection was based on the brave and powerful Joan of Arc), Paco Rabanne by Manish Arora Autumn/Winter 2012-2013 (this collection featured Joan of Arc-style chain mail pieces), Roberto Cavalli Autumn/Winter 2013-2014 (« British Vogue » saw a « Joan of Arc spirit » in this show), Suno Autumn/Winter 2013-2014 (Joan of Arc was one of the starting point of this collection, which explores modern-day armors), vanessabruno Spring/Summer 2012 (« British Vogue » wrote that this collection was about « modern-day Joan of Arcs »).

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Posted by on March 21, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Union Jack

Alexander McQueen AW89The Union Jack was referenced, with portraits of Elizabeth II, in the Alexander McQueen Autumn/Winter 2008-2009 Show.

Other collections with the Union Jack : Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2009 (leather « Britannia » clutch, with an « Union Jack » motif, reiterated in the following seasons ; moreover, Alexander McQueen codesigned an « Union Jack » coat with David Bowie, for the singer’s 1997 « Earthling » album sleeve, and the Chivas Regal bottle that Alexander McQueen customized in 2009 had a Union Jack-cap), Alice Temperley Autumn/Winter 2010-2011 (the Union Jack was revisited on knitted dresses), Burberry by Christopher Bailey (« Union Jack » motif on a T-shirt, designed for Naomi Campbell’s « Fashion for Relief », to help the victims of the 2007 British floods), Chanel Beauty (« Pearly Banner » palette, with an « Union Jack » motif, in the « London Madness » makeup line created by Peter Philips, in May 2009), Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld Autumn/Winter 2006-2007 (leather « Classique » bag, with an « Union Jack » motif, reiterated the following seasons), Clements Ribeiro 1997 (Union Jack-sweater, in this « Punk Trousseau » collection), Comme des Garçons Spring/Summer 2006 (the Union Jack influenced several pieces in this collection, dubbed « Lost Empire »), Converse Autumn/Winter 2009-2010 (« All*Star » sneakers, dedicated to The Who, with an « Union Jack » print), Di Mauro 1944 (« The Big 4 / Les Quatre Grands » shoes, with an « Union Jack » motif, among other flags), Dior Homme by Hedi Slimane Spring/Summer 2006 (« Union Jack » necklace), Jean-Charles de Castelbajac Autumn/Winter 2006-2007 (« Union Jack » motifs on several pieces ; the « Union Jack » motif is recurrent in the collections of the designer who used to collect old flags), Jimmy Choo (the Union Jack featured, among other prints, in the Project PEP line, launched for Autumn/Winter 2009-2010), John Galliano Spring/Summer 1993 (« Union Jack » pattern on a jacket), John Galliano Autumn/Winter 1997-1998 (« Union Jack » motifs on a dress and on a black mesh top), Paul Smith for Triumph Autumn/Winter 2005-2006 (vintage Union Jack-printed boots ; the « Union Jack » motif is recurrent in Paul Smith’s collections), Vivienne Westwood Swimwear Spring/Summer 2007 (Union Jack-printed men’s swimsuits ; Vivienne Westwood also used the « Union Jack » motif to decorate the Chivas Regal whiskey bottle for Christmas 2010), Vivienne Westwood Autumn/Winter 2012-2013 (Union Jack-printed tights).

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Posted by on March 18, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Middle Ages

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The Jean Paul Gaultier Autumn/Winter 2013-2014 Show highlighted warrior-women from the Middle Ages.

Other Middle Ages-influenced collections : Carven by Guillaume Henry Autumn/Winter 2012-2013 (this collection was a tribute to the Middle Ages), Dior by John Galliano Autumn/Winter 2006-2007 (this show spotlighted some medieval warrior-women), Fendi by Karl Lagerfeld Autumn/Winter 2003-2004 (the theme of this collection was Ridley Scott’s « Blade Runner » meets the Middle Ages), Jean-Charles de Castelbajac Autumn/Winter 2010-2011 (this show was based on the Middle Ages), Marc Philippe Coudeyre Autumn/Winter 2010-2011 (this collection, dubbed « Avalon », referenced the medieval mythology), Viktor & Rolf Autumn/Winter 2011-2012 (this Middle Ages-inspired collection showcased clothes that were based on the armors of the medieval knights).


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Posted by on March 8, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Elizabeth I

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Elizabeth I is one of the influences of the Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton Autumn/Winter 2013-2014 Collection.

Another Elizabeth I-inspired collection : Nabil El-Nayal (for Spring/Summer 2011, Nabil El-Nayal designed a collection for Harrods, that was partly based on Elizabeth I).

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Posted by on March 7, 2013 in Uncategorized


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