Sunday, 14 April 2013

Iris van Herpen

"For me fashion is an expression of art that is very closely related to myself and to my body. I see it as my expression of identity combined with desire, mood and cultural setting." (Iris van Herpen).

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

The Hunterian museum

I visited the Hunterian Museum last saturday. It contains collections that have been brought together over four centuries by a cast of colourful characters including the surgeon and anatomist John Hunter (1728-1793). They are a fascinating mix of human and animal anatomy and pathology specimens, wax teaching models, surgical and dental instruments as well as paintings, drawings and sculpture. I was interested to get a closer look at human bone structure and the way they form for my final major project. I found it fascinating looking at the earlier centuries and how broken bones and fractures were just left to grow with no casts causing mutation.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Leanardo da Vinci

Leonardo's formal training in the anatomy of the human body began with his apprenticeship to Andrea del Verrocchio, who insisted that all his pupils learn anatomy. As an artist, he quickly became master of topographic anatomy, drawing many studies of muscles, tendons and other visible anatomical features.

Riccardo Tisci

Fashion designer Riccardo Tisci's latest couture collection for Givenchy was inspired by Frida Kahlo's obsessions with religion, sensuality, and human anatomy. What, no menswear!? From
The zipper pulls were little bones, a belt was a spinal column re-created in porcelain. The dominant motif of the collection was the skeleton, laid out flat in the lace appliqu├ęd on a long tulle column, or rendered in three dimensions in obsessively dense clusters of crystals, pearls, and lace on the back of a jacket in double silk duchesse satin. Nestled in the middle? A tiny ceramic skull sprouting angel wings. At one point during his presentation, Tisci rather tellingly muttered, "A romantic way to see death."

Sunday, 24 March 2013


Beautiful lace dresses inspired by the human skeleton designed by Givenchy a well known designer. I love the elegance and detail in these designs gives a new perspective on the human anatomy.