FW22 Couture collection: Arasaid
Who was Lee Miller? The multitalented icon and artist was many different things to many different people, but I like to see her as a 20th-century renaissance woman who did everything with a burning passion and a bright, rebellious soul. The personification of the word ‘ballsy’. And, like the Scottish Highland rebels who used to proudly wear their outlawed tartan, a fighter for freedom. The freedom to follow her dreams, the freedom to be.
A symbol of both rebellion and sophistication, tartan represents Lee’s character and life like no other fabric. The way the model/photographer/journalist wove together all the different strands of her life is mirrored in the variety of colored bands that make up the pattern of tartan. Blurring the boundaries between forms of expression – from art and sex to photography and gastronomy – Lee created new genres such as Surrealist cuisine and artistic war journalism, reminding me very much of how the crisscrossed colors in a tartan weave create beautiful new shades.
This Arasaid Couture collection’s combination of an ultrafeminine design with a robust fabric is my homage to Lee’s graceful beauty and tough, rebellious spirit, so perfectly visualized by ‘that’ picture of her in Hitler’s bathtub: Lee’s sensual undressed shape contrasting with her boots, covered in mud from her visit to the Dachau concentration camp. A badass bathing beauty and the unforgettable embodiment of my motto ‘dare to dream, dare to grow, dare to be’.
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