Gustav Klimt was magic with gold leaf, turning blank canvases into burnished stars, burning suns and byzantine gold. Klimt’s ‘Golden Phase’ inspired couturier Rami Al Ali to do much the same for dresses: Al Ali pouring the magic of Klimt’s gilt mosaics and erotic forms into breathtaking gowns, and never spilling a drop.
Al Ali’s palette wasn’t limited to gold, spreading to precious metal hues of silver and platinum, complimented by rustic shades of lavender, old rose, vintage champagne and dark violet. One gown – blue like the late afternoon sky at sundown – was the Klimt woman personified, cut to appear shoulderless and with a leg-baring slit. Other pieces incorporated mosaics of gold pailettes or gilded floral embroidery, or ’50s inspired sheer necklines that instilled a Grace Kelly-like elegance.
If anything in the description of Rami Al Ali’s couture collection sounds like too much, rest assured there’s no gaudiness here. Inspired by art, Al Ali creates art. Only this time, it’s the kind you can wear.
You can see all of the Rami Al Ali haute couture autumn 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