"Taking Up Arms" Inspiration Slideshow


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A quick survey of 2012 runway shows, ready-to-wear campaigns, fashion editorials and blogs will reveal that armor-inspired fashion trends are pervading the fashion world. Spiked heals and helmets, studded shoulder pads and bodysuits, metal eye-patches, industrial accessories, chain mail body jewelry and leather military harnesses are saturating the market. Designers are capitalizing on this fierce, “bad-ass,” urban-warrior motif, as they embellish every possible accessory with spikes and sharp geometric shapes. The season’s muse seems to be a fusion of medieval warrior (reminiscent of Joan of Arc), futuristic space voyager (think Prometheus) and post-apocalyptic combatant (Katniss Everdeen, heroine of The Hunger Games).

A woman, clad in this highly angular, metal-plated gear, delivers an assertive message that discourages contact and fortifies a barrier between herself and her onlooker. Is her objective one of defense by intimidation, or one of offense by preparation, as she is fully equipped to battle? I wager it is both. The overwhelming effect of this style is one of female empowerment.

Why do designers feel compelled to armor women? As I analyze this fashion trend, I ask: what is the threat? What do women need protection from? Inversely, what are women fighting against? In the context of social policy in the United States, I deduce that women are fighting for themselves. They are fighting to claim what is justly theirs: the controversial right to control their own bodies...

Read more & see mixed media painting: http://sabrinabrett.blogspot.com/2012/11/taking-up-arms.html

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"Taking Up Arms" Inspiration Slideshow

  1. 1. “Taking Up Arms” Inspiration Slideshow http://sabrinabrett.blogspot.com/2012/11/taking-up-arms.html Jewelry Design by Shaun Leane
  2. 2. Fashion Design by Rachel Freire, Collection A/W 2010/2011
  3. 3. ‘Blue Angel’ Publication, SOMA Magazine Fall 2012, Model - Angelica, Photographer - Filippo del Vite
  4. 4. Fashion Design by Frankie Morello
  5. 5. “Musas de Fantasía,” S Moda September 2012, Photographer - Satoshi Saikusa, Models - Nadine Ponce and Ella Kandyba
  6. 6. “Musas de Fantasía,” S Moda September 2012, Photographer - Satoshi Saikusa, Models - Nadine Ponce and Ella Kandyba
  7. 7. Model - Andrej Pejic
  8. 8. “The Warrior Way,” Vogue US March 2010, Model - Daria Werbowy, Photographer - David Sims, Stylist - Grace Coddington
  9. 9. Fashion Designer Fashion Design by Úna Burke
  10. 10. Model - Andrej Pejic
  11. 11. Fashion Design by Jean Paul Gaultier, Collection Spring
  12. 12. Masha Novoselova by Solve Sundsbo
  13. 13. Numéro Magazine April 2009, Model - Jamie Bochert, Photographer - Greg Kadel
  14. 14. Harper’s Bazaar Arabia 2012 Calendar, Fashion Design by Furne Amato, Amato Haute Couture
  15. 15. “Dame of Thrones,” W Magazine September 2012, Model - Kristen McMenamy, Photographer - Tim Walker, Stylist - Jacob K
  16. 16. Fashion Design by Rachel Freire, Collection A/W 2010/2011
  17. 17. Fashion Design by Iris Van Herpen, Haute Couture, Spring 2012
  18. 18. Fashion Design by Iris Van Herpen, Haute Couture, Fall 2012
  19. 19. Fashion Design by Maison Martin Margiela, Collection F/W 2011
  20. 20. Fashion Stylist - Barbara Palladino
  21. 21. Jewelry Fashion Design by Thierry Mugler
  22. 22. Photograph by Lado Alexi
  23. 23. Fashion Design by Givenchy at Paris Fashion Week Spring 2011
  24. 24. Model - Katy Perry wearing The Blonds corset, Photographer - Mike Ruiz
  25. 25. Fashion Designer: Ann Demeulemeester
  26. 26. Vogue Netherlands November 2012, Model - Anna de Rijk, Photographer - Marc de Groot
  27. 27. Fashion Design by Jean Paul Gaultier, Haute Couture S/S 2010
  28. 28. Cyber Glam by Maurizio Fantini
  29. 29. Fashion Design by Nina Ricci, RTW Collection Spring 2013
  30. 30. Fashion Design by Scherer Gonzalez
  31. 31. Rihanna wearing shoulder piece by Bryce Aime in “Hard” music video, 2009