8 July 2014

Beware of the storm.

 A painting by J.M.W. Turner, a british romanticism painter in the late 18 century, titled "Snow Storm: Hannibal and His Army Crossing the Alps" is the inspiration of the collection. But as I observe further, it is actually the entire Snow Storm series, including Snow Storm: Steam-Boat off a Harbour's Mouth (1842) that feels so strong in every layers. The colour selection, the draw of the lines, and most importantly, the emotion.

It is all started with an aquatic shades of blue, a tea-length gown with 3D effects shapes resembling layers of clouds and waves. Then a shimmering strapless dress with silvery sequins and a tight dress in cumulus cloud colour with shell shoulder appears. The colours of the dresses and the intensity are getting darker and stronger: metallic stone, golden pearls,dark chocolate, red caliente, and of course, black. Fabrics like jaquard, leather, and hand-painted satin create a patchwork imitating oil painting textures. But then it is getting softer again, and dark again. On and on and on until the finale, a white pearl ball gown style with bateau neck and long sleeves with elbow veils, made from intricate lace and heavy embroidery, like a whirling avalanche.

It is very common that a painting can be so inspiring, with multi layers of translation and emotion from the colours, the scratch, the proportion, and so on. Inspite of a few wrinkles of the tight dresses (they are very tricky!), this collection is by far the best interpretation of the nature phenomenon captured by a painter.

Signorfandi, What an emotional exegesis of an artwork!