I know I just did a Scatter post two days ago, but frankly, I have had such a wealth of imagery worthy of discussion come to me I thought I'd give you another round. Think of it as an early Holiday gift.
In this dress, the skewing of proportion is overall, which is more readily apparent when you look at the detail shot. Its as though either the dress is growing larger slowly, or the model inside it is shrinking. So the final result is very subtly disturbing, even though we're being presented with something that could seem overly sweet and girlish.
The beadwork for most of this was likely done lunette style, with the beads pre-strung and chain stitched into place for speed of work. The lower back portion, where you'd sit, would have been done le main style, with each bead being sewn in individually, so it would have greater structural integrity, and be able to bear the stress of being sat on. What that means in terms of production is that the lower back section could've taken as long to do as the entire rest of the piece.
I've mentioned many times how much I appreciate those bridge points between two significant styles. This portrait by Bernardino de Conti of Catellano Trivulio was painted in 1505. What brought it to my attention is the intersection of two looks. First we have the Renaissance fashion for parti-coloring, where one side of a garment would be a different color from the other. It was the apparel version of heraldry, allowing people to proclaim their connections to family or a great house by so doing. Here, Trivulio is painted wearing a parti-colored doublet, but his hat and coat are of the newer fashions which will soon morph into that menswear style we associate with Henry VIII.
These two looks are deliberate in the frightening aspect. They fully intend to shock, and slap us in the face. These two runway looks are meant to be nothing other than a flat out challenge to all our conventions. As such I applaud them both. And I actually really love the black one. The shape and proportions I find very appealing. There is something murky and romantic about it that grabs me.
So, I hope you enjoyed your extra dollop of Scatter-ness today.
Have a Grand Day!