‘Taken from the catacombs of Rome in the 17th century, the relics of twelve martyred saints were then attired in the regalia of the period before being interred in a remote church on the German/Czech border.’
When I first saw this photo, it took my breath away…
This weekend the Lovers of Valdaro, two skeletons found wrapped in an embrace, were displayed for the first time at Mantua’s Archaeological Museum. The bones date back to the Neolithic era and were found face to face with their arms and legs entwined in 2007. There’s no sign that the man and woman, who were around 18 to 20 years old, died a violent death. Some believe they died holding each other on a freezing night, though it’s more likely that they were just buried in that position. Fans of the Lovers in Mantua are campaigning to give them a permanent spot in the museum, now that they’ve been moved from the grave they shared for 6,000 years.
It takes an innovative line like DSquared to remind us of our own mortality in a truly beautiful way. This stunning spine-back gown would go considerably well with their spine-back heels, don’t you think? It guarantees a sleek and chic entrance… and a terrifying (but wickedly cool) exit.
It seems that Jean Paul Gaultier is not the only one using skeletons as a point of inspiration for Fall 2010 couture. Just take a gander at this exquisite gown from Givenchy. The sumptuous beading and embroidery put the rest of the world’s formalwear to shame.
Another image of Jean Paul Gaultier’s skeleton-themed masterwork, modeled by the glorious Dita Von Teese. The sequined vertebrae are to die for, and a testament to how daringly innovative couture can be.