Daily Archives: 23 September 2015

The Last of Leighton

And now we’ve reached the end of the Leighton House-Ram Shergill collaboration, in which Shergill mapped selected paintings by Sir Frederic Leighton to his own work as a fashion photographer.  It’s made for some thought-provoking combinations.

I wrote yesterday that the match-ups seemed to be getting more literal as the week went along. Not today.  The only common element I see here is draped fabric.

“Looking at Leighton’s ‘Colour Sketch for Countess Brownlow’ from a fashion perspective, the fabric seems soft and sensual, almost like a sari, draped in a skillful way.  Perhaps the Countess travelled and took inspiration from the British Raj?   Or perhaps Lord Leighton had just traveled to Greece and returned with wonderfully fine cottons? Flowing gowns nipped tightly at the waist with a band can be seen on many runways today.  Alexander Wang and Herve Leger have predominantly showcased monochrome collections.  We can only wait for what Chanel might have in store for this year’s Paris Fashion Week.”
—Ram Shergill


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