A/W 15 is a season full of decay, mourning and ultimately, death. From Thom Browne's 'beautiful' grieving attire to Yohji Yamamoto's dark bridal parade, fashion appears to be creating its own memento mori. It's this morbid theme that is set to be explored in a continuation of SHOWstudio's Behind the Seams project.
Today marks the beginning of our exploration into all things macabre, starting with an essay by V Magazine's Katharine K. Zarrella. In the piece, Giacomo Leopardi’s playful poem, Dialogue Between Fashion and Death, introduces us to the familial bond between the pair.
Realising that this link is no laughing matter, Zarrella goes on to examine the morbid undertones present in creative work, looking at Alexander McQueen, Guy Bourdin and Rei Kawakubo in particular. 'Who knew a fashion show could help facilitate the five stages of grief?' reflects Zarrella on Kawakubo's recent Ceremony of Separation for Commes des Garçons.