Tuesday, November 29, 2011
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.
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.
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