Fashion illustrator Danielle Meder
...whom I was happy to finally meet.
And Carolyn Rohaly, who writes Rags and Mags with Danielle.
Ms. Steele briefly traced the history of "gothic" in fashion, beginning with Medieval manuscripts and morbid etchings from plague torn Europe, through Victorian mourning attire and Elsa Schiaparelli's surreal skeleton dress, up to the present, with darkly imagined designs from Rick Owens, Ann Demeulemeester, Olivier Theyskens, Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy, and Rodarte (swooon), among others. She also mentioned gothic subcultures, including industrial, Victorian, and cyber goths, as well as Japanese horror Lolitas.
One of the striking flower bouquets... I liked that the roses were just on the edge of going off. It seemed to reflect the theme of decay and death frequently attributed to gothic style, and by extension to fashion in general. "One must forgive Fashion everything, because it dies so young" - Jean Cocteau
Beautiful Lavinia and Annisa.
Adriana's cyber goth boots - her work is featured in the exhibit.
Her friend looked stunning with neon hair.
The book is not yet available, but here is a peek at the images inside...
With Nathalie Atkinson, style editor for the National Post.
And Ms. Steele.
I wait with baited breath to report on the exhibit next week!
2nd last photo with Nathalie Atkinson by S. Ramos for WireImage.