There was something rather divine about Jean-Paul Gaultier’s spring/summer 2007 couture show, in which he cast an array of models as various Virgin Mary types. There was the innocent Mary, mother of Jesus, her hair worn long and wavy and accessorised with a simple halo. Here, make-up was soft; pink or blue around the eyes and rose-stained lips. Next, there was the Madonna/whore, personified by burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese with her red lips, jet-black hair and red nails, three bejewelled tears on her cheek and a crown of roses. Finally, there was Mary, Queen of heaven, with her gold-dipped lips, shimmering gold lids, gilt brows and gold crystal tears, her hair swept back in a gold crown.
Givenchy Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2012
Drawing on the format of a high school gym class photo, Riccardo Tisci presented his spring/summer 2012 couture collection in what was styled as a basketball stadium. Dressed in an array of sombre gowns, each model’s hair was scraped back into a chignon, drawing attention to an oversized septum ring or mouthpiece that adorned them, to create a sense of high gothic drama and a touch of the supernatural.