Crescent Beach in Lahave, Nova Scotia
Crescent Beach in LaHave, Nova Scotia is a hefty stretch of sand and seaweed tides in the early and later parts of the day. With family this summer I resided quietly at a beach house not far from this pause of land and because I research into natural and cultural relationships, I felt inspired to find expressions of ‘water’ in a fashion world hell bent on artifice. As always some nuggets of interest surfaced.
wave of water
When you are on a coastline you can’t help but appreciate how powerful water is. Agreed? I find water arouses as much sublime terror as beautiful swimmable serenity. Remove water from its natural heritage or from seeing it as a precious global resource and we are ensconced in its particularities. It fills and waves in a bathtub, it can drop slow to fast from a faucet, it is transparent and reflects color, it can drip to timeless insanity, it can freeze, bubble, boil, we can taste and wash with it, it trickles in melodious soundbites, and to witness one pearl of water is as golden as a rainbow in the sky. A babbling brook, pond, waterfall, ocean, or river manifests water’s changeability and its flexibility. Pretty remarkable indeed. My ode to water is everlasting.
Many artists have recorded the power of water. Alexander McQueen saw relevance in using it to influence global issues in a fashion collection. The following images show his fondness for sea life and how he fused that inspiration with textile fabrication and couture.
sea creature fashion of Alexander Mcqueen
I happen to wear these shoes everyday to work. Super comfortable for long distances. Seriously fantastic, boggles my mind in every warped dimension, omg! love them. Even tho we lost a great designer, Sarah Burton takes brand McQueen to incredible heights.
What do you think of when you see this headwear?
Fabrics are skins, protecting, imitating and revealing.
We can see the last collection of Alexander McQueen here.
McQueen’s sea collection
Hokusai’s The Great Wave of Kanagawa, 1830’s
This is a very famous painting from ‘Images of the floating world’ of Ukiyo-e prints by Hokusai. Here he depicts nature as menacing and relentless with its claw like wave against the vulnerability of human life. Life can feel like a constant struggle in opposition to larger uncontrollable forces.
A drop of water in a real moment of time like we see above could hardly be repeated or captured in the exact same way again in another moment in time.
WATER between late day and early night
Some designers prefer to leave Nature in the ground, which often springs some inventive means of expressing the ‘natural’ in artificial ways. Here water has playfully assumed a crystallized state in the fashion of Iris Van Herpen, 2010. To imitate water we have only the powers to deceive, nature is nature, done by nature. We can hope for an aesthetic effect when we imitate nature but so far no human endeavor I can think of will ever match Nature’s naturalness. Even tho we do a great job in destroying profound beauty all around us, she on the other hand can do away with us in no time at all. But this isn’t the point, I believe we have to get on board to seeing ourselves as part of an evolutionary process on this globe which is what artists, scientists, environmentalists, designers, and architects etc so often try to interpret and share.
Water dress- fashion designer Iris Van Herpen, 2013
garden and waterfall
Another of Alexander McQueen that reminds me of a waterfall, draping white drops off the cliff as we turn around the corner bed of mountainous rocks and wooden debris.
We are interconnected to the elements, we are nature, naturally perfect in all our shapes and sizes, perhaps to remind ourselves of this we need to dress up as them as well.