Daring, in the best way . . .

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Posted by HSG on April 04, 2004 at 02:55:51:

In Reply to: Re: Something different posted by Mica on April 02, 2004 at 04:22:50:

Thank you, Mica. The designer's concept was truly inspired. The "harem" outfit ties the collection in with the Orientalist thread that has been evident in several plus-size retailers' campaigns this season, and the "Femme Fatale" theme is a perfect fit for a plus collection, inasmuch as it presents the fuller figure as an archetype of femininity, and underscores the dangerous aspect of sinful curves.

This manner of presentation is "edgy" in the very best way. Rather than restoring to run-of-the-mill modernism, it challenges an audience by emphasizing the beauty of the curvaceous female figure--a type of beauty that is still widely suppressed by the mass media. That makes it genuinely cutting-edge and radical in a way that yet another runway show with deconstructed outfits and freakish makeup could never be.

Van der Helst, A Young Woman (c. 1685), from the Louvre collection:

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