The church and fashion – who knew?! Not many people actually realise that Baroque is a French word referring to an extravagant style of the arts including music and dance in the 17th and 18th Centuries. Even fewer people know that the origin of Baroque print has its roots in a style of ornate architecture that was originally made popular by the Catholic Church to display their return to growing power after the Reformation.
The garden of earthly delights: a vision of innocence and experience, simplicity and luxury, beauty and decadence through the eyes of Flemish and French masters of both art and craft. In the Autumn-Winter Haute Couture collection, Raf Simons, Artistic Director of Christian Dior, looks to the Old Masters of Flemish painting and to the artisanal masters of haute couture to provide a synthesis of historical form, technique and artistic gesture to arrive at the point of today.