Of the holy variety.
The lore of the Virgin Mary and the imagery supporting it, provide a rich canvas from which many take inspiration, regardless of religious orientation. The burning heart, the metallic halo, the veil, the richness of colors and the morose eyes, all come together to create an image much imitated across the board through a variety of mediums.
Be warned…truckload of images, starting with some editorial pics…
Linda Evangelista by Pierpaolo Ferrari in W
Portrait of a Lady by Signe Vilstrup in Dansk
Immaculee by Miles Aldrige in Numero
Amazing Grace by Joachim Baldauf for Tush Magazine
Dita is wearing Christian Lacroix FW09’s haute couture bride dress
Lacroix’s bridal haute couture looks are always simultaneously regal and virginal, while being dramatic statements.
Other influences in fashion looks include:
Franck Sorbier SS07
No fashion collection was of course as virgin-centric as Jean Paul Gaultier’s 07 spring summer one.
The movies have also seen their fair share of virgin Mary, but none looked as good as Jennifer Lopez in “The Cell”. Another visual stunner from director Tarsem Singh and costume designer Eiko Ishioka, the same team behind “The Fall”, the movie’s script may not have been the best thing on earth, but it did look good, as you would expect from anything coming out of these two.
Artwise, the virgin’s mark is all over, under a variety of guises and shapes…
by Natalie Shau
The Tree of Life by Mark Ryden
Madonna of the sacred bones by Laurie Lipton
by Sylvia Ji
by Julie Zarate
Arkangel by Ciou
by Oleg Dou
by Ron English
It’s all good by Maria Rozalia Finna
Unknown (tumblr random find, if anyone knows who the author is, let me know)
Also on a somewhat similar note, I recently discovered the Your Personal Jesus blog, a photographic project which deals with the shift of adoration in modern times from religion to consumerism and celebrity. Check it out, it’s an interesting concept and he even accepts requests.