I have got the inspiration for this outfit visiting Minerva' square in Rome:the Elephant of Bernini has reminded me an element of a picture of Dali, the master of surrealism.
The rarefied atmospheres,the suspended time,the bright colours mixed to delicate shades,the feline and sinuous geometries.The choice of the 100% cotton fabric had to have that elements inside of it and had to be adaptable to the making of the ideas.I am happy for the choice I have made.
The promenade of elephants is reflected in the cutting choice of the pantsuit. Elaborating the profile of an elephant the first outfit starts living in the fabric; the long legs transform themselves into the dressing legs of the pantsuit,the tusk gives definition to the curvilinear cut of the high waist, the ear takes the form in the inusual geometry that follows the scapula ending on the shoulder with a particular round connection.
The vitality of the elephant is reflected in the fluid cutting lines following one another so that they chase each other to meet in the pantsuit structure adopting all the variables of the paintings-linearity, circularity, colour
In the dress the construction of the pattern ,in the cleanliness of its lines,follows the idea of Dali sense of time given by the Dali's clocks.Usually the darts are hidden and used to shape the fabric on the variation of planes between the upper and lower part of the bust.Here they are open and , using a sewing technique different that the usual one , they accomplish the structural function giving regular and continous movement on the front of the dress.This is a new interpretation of an A line for Blythe and I am quite proud of it :).
The front rings of the chain express the passing by of the time and the sense of suspension between time to time like between ring to ring.The dress is fully lined by white silky lining.
Trait d' union : the cape. Trasparent ,light, impalpable like the Dali's palette makes the colours of the dress and pantsuit delicately shaded to show,at the same time ,the same colours brightly in their expressive completeness in the lateral cut.This game is made possible by the use of 100% silk voile and cream tulle to achive that transparent and structured look.The neck of the cape, geometric , linear gives fluid definition to the shoulders without interrution of the lines .The little elephant on the front of the cape ,in one of the wider rings,is a direct homage to Bernini and Dali
The hairdo takes origin (and then ri-elaborated for Blythe)from a 1967 Vogue magazine picture and follows the central idea of the outfit with curved and rectilinear lines that is the basic theme of the ensemble.