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Brothers Grimm

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« William Shakespeare meets the Brothers Grimm » was the theme of the « Fairy Tale » section of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2014.

To read about other Brothers Grimm-influenced collections, search for the « Snow White » and « Little Red Riding Hood » posts that I have published on February 25, 2014, and on March 2, 2014, respectively.

To read about other William Shakespeare-inspired collections, search for the « William Shakespeare » post that I have published on August 26, 2013.

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Posted by on December 3, 2014 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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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Chanel Couture SS13The Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld Couture Spring/Summer 2013 Show was a gothic version of William Shakespeare’s « A Midsummer Night’s Dream ».

Other « A Midsummer Night’s Dream »-inspired collections or campaign : Badgley Mischka Spring/Summer 2013 (this collection was based on the haunting beauty of the Max Reinhardt and William Dieterle-directed «A Midsummer Night’s Dream» film), Blumarine Spring/Summer 2013 ( wrote that this collection was reminiscent of a country-house costume-box production of « A Midsummer Night’s Dream »), Elspeth Gibson Spring/Summer 2013, Erdem Spring/Summer 2009 (this collection referenced images of the ’70s theater productions of « A Midsummer Night’s Dream »), Erdem Spring/Summer 2011 (to describe the makeup, by Andrew Gallimore for M.A.C, and the hair, by Charles Worthington for Wella, of this show, « Vogue » wrote that it was a mix between a Ballets Russes’s ballerina and a « Midsummer Night’s Dream »’s fairy), Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci Couture Autumn/Winter 2007-2008 (« British Vogue » wrote that this show was an exotic version of « A Midsummer Night’s Dream »), Henrik Vibskov Spring/Summer 2010 (« British Vogue » wrote that this collection was like a vanguard performance of « A Midsummer Night’s Dream »), Levi’s® (in 2005, the advertising film for the « 501 » jeans, with Anti-Form, directed by Noam Murro, was a contemporary version of « A Midsummer Night’s Dream »), Tristan Webber Spring/Summer 2002 (« A Midsummer Night’s Dream »-style show, presented at the David Gill Gallery, in London), Valentino by Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli Couture Autumn/Winter 2009-2010 (this collection echoed « A Midsummer Night’s Dream »), Yves Saint Laurent Couture Autumn/Winter 1980-1981 (not specifically influenced by « A Midsummer Night’s Dream », but this collection was an homage to William Shakespeare’s work), Zac Posen Autumn/Winter 2004-2005 (the pixie models who opened this show could have been taken from « A Midsummer Night’s Dream »).

Moreover, for his directed version of Stephen Sondheim’s « A Little Night Music », which opened on June 6, 2010 at the Opera Theater of St. Louis, Isaac Mizrahi drew inspiration from « A Midsummer Night’s Dream », and Alexander McQueen had the quote « Love looks not with the eyes but with the mind », from « A Midsummer Night’s Dream », tattoed on his arm.

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Posted by on January 24, 2013 in Uncategorized


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