November 29, 2011

Art Inspired: Louise Bourgeois + Pedro Almodóvar

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This week's art inspired fashion post is influenced partially by Louise Bourgeois, whose work is comprised of humungous spiders, deformed bandaged bodies, and all manners of the disturbing and horrific as seen through the lense of a childlike murderous rage. Bourgeois influenced scores of artists even before she received major acclaim at the age of 70, when New York's Museum of Modern Art presented a solo show of her career.


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One of the brilliant elements of Pedro Almodóvar's new film, The Skin I Live In, about a ruthless plastic surgeon and his mysterious patient, is the major role that Louise Bourgeois sculptures have in the midst of this demented world. I've been following Almodóvar films since the beginning, and find it fascinating that despite this new twist toward horror, so many of his constant themes are still in place: imprisonment, betrayal, and the question of whether a prisoner can actually fall in love with the captor. Even more mesmerizing are the places where these themes intersect with Bourgeois' work.

I know it's a dark theme for the holidays, but like a black bird singing in the dead of night, freedom, if even an imperfect one, is always worth the struggle.

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Details: Ileana Makri safety pin jewelry $2,775; Léger pale pink dress $1,355; Hervé Léger genuine leather jacket £3,287; Alexander McQueen skull jewelry £175; Lanvin python handbag $895; Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer $29; United Nude stacked heel £769


32 comments :

The Dainty Doll's House said...

Marvelous, love the picks!! Hope you have a wonderful week!! xx

dimitri said...

It's a very interesting post Mary Jo.
Great inspiration, and this selection is absolutely perfect.
xo

Nautical Wheeler said...

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving and got to relax over the holiday weekend! From Brooklyn with love ~jen

fashion and frank said...

I have the Lanvin Pouchette - it is too gorgeous - thought of you this weekend got the first of my own designs back - working with an amazing tailor - very very chuffed - strictly personal and not a business but loving it all the same, if not the more, already having one very demanding business! xx

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honeybeeandmeonline.net said...

To answer weather a prisoner can fall in love with the captor, I find in my healing work, that often women have had abuse as as child, most hidden from their minds until they grow up and have the memory come forward, and the person they loved the most and bonded with was the abuser... so, if this happens to them as children and they have no asses to the memory they will then act this out as an adult and it can often be that it happens in this type of interaction wear they are the victim again, but love their captor.. (just like when they where a child and where abused usually from a father, grandfather etc..

xox
M

classiq said...

I've seen all his movies and I saw "The Skin I Live In" last weekend and you are right, Mary Jo, all the specific elements of Almodóvar's movies are present, although they have evolved and his last movies have taken a new twist toward suspense thriller and this one toward horror. He has a unique talent to explore human nature and mind and to play with such different elements brilliantly. Your mention about the possibility of a prisoner falling in love with the captor reminded me of "Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down", starring the same Antonio Banderas, but "The Skin I live In" is more dark. Great post, Mary Jo! Love the clutch. :)
Ada

classiq said...

*darker

kristina@beancakes ★ said...

ooh, creepy cool! and would ya look at those booties?! love these picks!!
xx ~ ks

yiqin; said...

i love the clutch <3

Alexa said...

Wow this is insane. Seriously haven't seen anything like it. You matched the colors perfectly too!

Shels415 said...

Love the sweet and edgy look! The jacket is stunning!

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THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

Oh I definitely have to see this film! I love all of Almodovar's films. Love the look you pulled together. The skull ring and python clutch are going on my list :) xoxo

About Last Weekend said...

Fantastic post Mary Jo, love this baby pink with that stacked lacy heel and of course the ring. Almadovar is my favourite. There are so many films that need a dose of his quirky macabre.

Jess said...

Wow, those heels are insane!

Alena: Oh, It's Just Perfect! said...

Pedro Almodóvar is one of my favorites. I can't wait to see his newest film. I loved this post and learning about Louise Bourgeois!

MM said...

Great post, honey!! As always!!

Love the selection!! The clutch and the dress are perfect!

Have a perfect day!

xoxoxo

Blonde hair, Blue jeans said...

good inspiration for good outfit!

pve design said...

How marvelous to have acclaim at any age, but at 70 - I feel full of hope and comfy in my skin now but I look forward to that day.
Love to ensemble. Perfect.
pve

Thea said...

interesting post and i like the ring!

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Summer-Raye said...

How wild and creepy! :)


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Couture Carrie said...

Amazing look!
Loooooove those shoes!

xoxox,
CC

P.S. Yay for vintage furs :)

Cafe Fashionista said...

I'm not sure what I'm more obsessed with - the Leger dress or those United Nude heels. LOVE! :)

Elle Sees said...

I've seen all of his movies, and will see this one too.

Boye By Red said...

I of course, LOVE this post. I loved the film and adore LB. In fact i am reading her letters, interviews and diaries as we speak.
Fabulous post!

Red x

Meta Musings said...

I REALLY want to see this movie!! And wear the Herve Leger dress!!

xx

Alexis Grace said...

His work truly is a balance between dark and intriguing---- dare I say grotesque?

Great picks--- you know I love the McQueen ring!

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Bravoe Runway said...

Oh man.... herve Leger??? After my D&G signature leopard dress this is next on my iconic pieces to own! I love it in the blush pink too!

VIVA.V said...

Louise Bourgeois is an amazing artist. Her artistic sculptures to this day give many artists a run for their money. I adore her dark, dream-like escapades and :) xx

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genuinstyle said...

Pink and black is perfect together. Loving the dress! So pretty :)
Take care :)

Heather Fonseca said...

Creepy but cool! I love the mix of soft peach and off white with black, and those shoes are Gaga wild.

Claire said...

i love pedro almodovar! he makes such interesting films. that bandage dress is gorgeous and i love the python bag!!!

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