Thursday, November 3, 2016

How an erotic, religious painting became one of Fashion Week's favorite motifs

By Steff Yotka
Hieronymus Bosch, Garden of Earthy Delights circa 1500, Museo del Prado, Madrid
Pierpaolo Piccioli’s solo debut at Valentino was the talk of Paris Fashion Week, thanks in part to one shocking pink shaved-velvet car coat—it’s the piece on every editor’s wish list—but mostly to a collaboration with legendary designer Zandra Rhodes. For the Spring collection, Rhodes was given Hieronymus Bosch’s 15th-century painting The Garden of Earthly Delights as a jumping-off point. Rhodes’s line drawings of erupting volcanoes and flying birds made for beautiful prints on Piccioli’s floating dresses, so lovely, you might even forget that the original source material features such shocking scenes of orgies and bestiality. [link]

Undercover Spring 2015 Jun Takahashi’s Spring 2015 collection was a meditation about loss of innocence that started out with pastel ballerinas and ended with the same girls clad in all black with black angel wings. In the middle of the show arrived a series of Bosch-print pieces accessorized with spiky earrings and headpieces, only adding to the thorny message of the work. Photo: Kim Weston Arnold /