Friday, July 3, 2015

Fashion's Riccardo Tisci puts Christ on the runways in Paris

By Guy Treby
Visions of the Shroud easily come to mind when seeing the images of Givenchy's Spring/Summer 2016 collection, showcased during Paris Menswear Week.
FRANCE---There’s something both bracing and cool about how about Mr. Tisci flouts class conventions, applying religious iconography to high-end designs, with ghostly images of Christ’s agony; turning utilitarian work wear like overalls into supremely elegant garments; casting strapping models for his runways that look a lot more like the working-class palookas seen hanging from the fences surrounding last Friday’s show than the wan juveniles a lot of other designers currently idealize. Sometimes a metaphor lands at your feet, literally. This happened last Friday, midway through Riccardo Tisci’s men’s wear show for Givenchy in Paris.... [link]
Further elements such as priest-like cross pins and rosary bead-like necklaces accessorising the 11 Haute Couture looks included in this show also pointed towards religion.