Tag Archives: Poetry

Paul Verlaine

Franck Sorbier Couture AW1415

The Franck Sorbier Couture Autumn/Winter 2014-2015 Show paid homage to poets such as Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud.

To read about other Arthur Rimbaud-inspired collections, search for the « Arthur Rimbaud » post that I have published on March 5, 2013.

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Posted by on July 26, 2014 in Uncategorized


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The Divine Comedy

Damien Hirst X Alexander McQueen 13

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Alexander McQueen’s « Skull » scarf, Alexander McQueen launches today the Damien Hirst X Alexander McQueen capsule collection, originally based upon Dante Alighieri’s « The Divine Comedy », which features 30 unique creations adapted from Damien Hirst’s « Entomology » series.

Other « The Divine Comedy »-inspired collections : Alexander McQueen Autumn/Winter 1996-1997 (this collection was titled « Dante »), Olympia Le-Tan (in January 2012, Olympia Le-Tan unveiled a collection influenced by Italian literary classics, which included a clutch with an embroidered motif of the cover of Dante Alighieri’s « The Divine Comedy » book, as part of a project as guest designer of Florence’s Pitti W trade fair), Rachel Frank (the collection that Rachel Frank presented, in May 2008, when she was a student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, was a tribute to Dante Alighieri’s « The Divine Comedy »).

To read about Damien Hirst-inspired collections or collaborations, and about collections with skulls, search for the « Damien Hirst » and « Skulls » posts that I have respectively published on April 14, 2012 and on October 31, 2012.




Posted by on November 15, 2013 in Uncategorized


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William Shakespeare

JCDC AW67 Shakespeare

William Shakespeare was one of the British icons that Jean-Charles de Castelbajac celebrated in his Autumn/Winter 2006-2007 Show.

Other William Shakespeare-inspired collections or items : Juliette Has a Gun (the heroine of this French perfume brand, founded by Romano Ricci, is a revisited version of William Shakespeare’s Juliet), Romeo Gigli (the bottle of the perfume that Romeo Gigli launched in America, in 2003, was engraved with an extract from William Shakespeare’s « Romeo and Juliet »), Strange Invisible Perfumes (this perfume brand, created by Alexandra Balahoutis, was named after a line in William Shakespeare’s « Antony and Cleopatra »), Temperley Spring/Summer 2006 (the makeup of this show, by Charlotte Tilbury, was inspired by « Hamlet »’s Ophelia), Vivienne Westwood (Vivienne Westwood designed a T-shirt with a « William Shakespeare with a red nose » print, exclusive to T.k.maxx, to celebrate Red Nose Day 2011, with a percentage of profits going to Comic Relief, that helps to change lives in the UK and across Africa), Yves Saint Laurent Couture Autumn/Winter 1980-1981 (this collection was an homage to William Shakespeare’s work), Zadig & Voltaire Autumn/Winter 2008-2009 (« William Shakespeare » slogan on a sweater).

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Posted by on August 26, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Pablo Neruda

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The Antonio Marras Resort 2014 Collection is based on Pablo Neruda’s love story with his 3rd wife, Matilde Urrutia.

Furthermore, the small presentation that Sonia Rykiel organized in her Parisian store, in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, after May 1968, featured Pablo Neruda’s poems.

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Posted by on June 28, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Little Shop of Horrors

Ostwald Helgason AW1314The theme of the Ostwald Helgason Autumn/Winter 2013-2014 Collection is a juxtaposition of Frank Oz’s « Little Shop of Horrors » and Charles Baudelaire’s « Les Fleurs du Mal / The Flowers of Evil » volume of poetry.

Photo : Alessandro Viero / InDigital / GoRunway




Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Cinema


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Charles Baudelaire

Fyodor Golan SS12

The Fyodor Golan Spring/Summer 2012 Show, titled « The Flowers of Evil », which was presented as part of Fashion Fringe, was an homage to Charles Baudelaire’s poetry.

Other Charles Baudelaire-inspired collections or items : Ashley Ashoff Toledano (circa 2010, Ashley Ashoff Toledano especially drew inspiration from Charles Baudelaire, for the scarves that she designed), Byredo Parfums (in 2010, the « Baudelaire » fragrance, influenced by the French poet, was launched), Chewö (in 2010, Moustadira Adame got inspired by Charles Baudelaire’s « L’Invitation au voyage / Invitation to Travel » poem for the collection of his Chewö label), Dior by John Galliano Couture Spring/Summer 2008 (the 3rd part of this show paid tribute to Charles Baudelaire’s « Les Fleurs du Mal / The Flowers of Evil »), Florian Spring/Summer 2010 (for this accessories line, called « Animalia », Florian Ladstaetter drew inspiration from « Les Fleurs du Mal / The Flowers of Evil »), Haider Ackermann Spring/Summer 2012 (this collection paid tribute to romantic poets such as Charles Baudelaire), Loulou de la Falaise (her 1st line of couture jewelry, named « Les Fleurs du Mal / The Flowers of Evil », which was unveiled at the Couture Autumn/Winter 2009-2010 shows, was influenced by Charles Baudelaire), Ostwald Helgason Autumn/Winter 2013-2014 (the theme of this collection is a juxtaposition of Charles Baudelaire’s « Les Fleurs du Mal / The Flowers of Evil » and Frank Oz’s « Little Shop of Horrors » film).

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Posted by on May 14, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Arthur Rimbaud

JCDC AW1314Ophelia, from Arthur Rimbaud’s poem, is the muse of the Jean-Charles de Castelbajac Autumn/Winter 2013-2014 Show.

Other Arthur Rimbaud-inspired collections : Ann Demeulemeester Spring/Summer 2012 Menswear (Arthur Rimbaud’s self-exile in Africa was the starting point of this collection), Charles Anastase Autumn/Winter 2009-2010 (this collection mixed Arthur Rimbaud’s debauchery with Kurt Cobain’s spirit), Jean-Charles de Castelbajac Autumn/Winter 2008-2009 (a dress was decorated with Arthur Rimbaud’s portrait ; furthermore, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac also used the poet’s portrait to ornate plates and armchairs), Junya Watanabe Autumn/Winter 2011-2012 (the soundtrack of this show was the voice of a man who read Arthur Rimbaud’s « Ophelia » poem).

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Posted by on March 5, 2013 in Uncategorized


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