For Marchesa inspiration often comes from higher forms of art, exotic destinations, opulent renderings of the past – usually anything that could lead to extraordinary results, the ones that Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig find to be most relevant in terms of apparel. For fall 2013 the duo eyed the famous Francisco de Goya painting “Portrait of Maria Teresa de Vallabriga on Horseback” and decided to reinterpret its aristocratic quality, modernising it for the glorious fashion scene of the 21st century.
The collection that came down the runway, clearly not short of drama and bearing the opulence that has become the signature of a Marchesa design, remained entirely faithful to the eighteenth-century romanticism. From the first look that opened the presentation, a scarlet ensemble made out of a pair of silk trouser and an equestrian inspired coat, down to the very last gowns, every single one of the garments was built upon excessive draping, rich gold embroidery, all further accented by Mao collars and sheer sleeves.
Stepping out from an eighteenth-century oil painting, the gowns are now waiting to make a statement in the real world, on the red carpet more precisely, because there’s little other place likely to server as a better fit for their sumptuousness.
You can see all of the Marchesa fall / winter 2013 runway collection by clicking on a thumbnail on the left. From there you can browse through each of the pictures from the fashion show.
Photography by Imaxtree