The fact that there are no clothing regulations for the Maestro show made my imagination run free. What If I wear the bare buttom dress?? I designed this dress 20 years ago and it’s still very innovative (presented as a piece of art at the rijksmuseum!!). The design is normal at the front and short at the back which gives you a bare butt. But okay by second thought probably not the best idea I ever. So I started to think about a more suitable outfit.
I liked the idea of getting inspired by the traditional conductor outfit which is always a tuxedo, often worn with a long jacket. And suddenly, while I was watching some catwalk shows online, I saw it. It was love at first sight. Black, long, elegant, super sexy and probably unreachable. This Alexander McQueen jacket was simply perfect. The jacket was couture and of course there were only a few made. The chance that there would be one in my size somewhere was unlikely… But then I heard a positive tone on the other side of the phone. Si, si, we still have one in our shop in Milano. And since the Maestro show was in two days a courier was send to Italy making sure I received this unique piece on time.
In the second show I wore this Alexander McQueen jacket in combination with tight black pants, my super feminine over the knee Louboutin boots, making me feel as sexy as I can be.
Of course I took the chance, just as in the last show, to wear something special from my collection. I needed the Victory corset from my couture collection for a big dose of extra confidence to survive the second show. And as you all have seen I did!!!
In bed with Arianne
As far as I am concerned, there is only one heiress to Edith Head’s throne, and that is the magnificent Arianne Phillips (53), twice Oscar-nominated costume designer and Madonna’s favorite style-collaborator. Like Edith, she is a tastemaker and visionary in both film and fashion. And just like her legendary predecessor, she is a feminist icon in her own right. I had the rare chance to interview Arianne and ask her about Madonna, feminism in Hollywood and why she thinks lingerie is ‘everything’. “We definitely do NOT like to hide it!”
Where the ‘queen of cups’ meets the ‘dress doctor’
In art school, many years ago during a nude model drawing class, I had a life changing insight: What if I, as an artist, used a woman’s body as my canvas? If you make a painting, someone will hang it on their wall. If you design a chair, someone will sit on it. But if you design lingerie, someone will wear it, and by doing so, complete your art! I had found my mission.
My couture collection – a cross between magic and camouflage
All my work as a feminist designer is inspired by muses. Powerful female icons from past and present. Although women have been marginalized for centuries, archetypes of female power have always been there. Through my designs, I bring them to you. To help us shape the world of modern-day feminism.
“You can have anything in life if you dress for it” – Edith Head
Fabulous words, and they could easily have been mine, but it was the legendary Edith Head – one of Hollywood’s most iconic designers – who said this many decades ago.