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Tuesday, February 14, 2012
House of Worth Haute Couture Spring 2012
by David Pedroza, Editor in Chief
The pleated paper fan was invented in Japan, around the 6th to 8th century, which became a staple among the royal court of Japan; Fans were given as prized gifts to the Emperor (could be thought of as a great hostess gift). The fan was the source of inspiration for designer Giovanni Bedin, the creative director to the revived House of Worth. The full, sweeping shape, and pleats gave way to exaggerated silhouettes, rich textures, and feminine forms. An eight piece collection of Royal worth haute couture dresses, showing that haute couture is a form of experimentation and great craftsmanship! Bedin's vision of strong shoulders, nipped in waist, and pleated fans transforms the female body, creating beautiful contours, and showcasing exquisite couture hand work. Beautiful, monochromatic looks of Imperial Red, Onyx Black, Ecru, and the prettiest, lightest pink grace the surfaces of manipulated silks to create dramatic, blooming, fans. This is one of the best collections to come from Giovanni Bedin for the House of Worth, proving this historic house is alive and thriving!
Photos by Stephanie Kaufman for Master the Art of Style, 2012