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“The Daring Buds of Dior”, by Nicole Clinton

The Daring Buds of Dior. One of our newly joined writers, Nicole Clinton, explores Dior’s fixation with flowers and the possible reasoning behind it. – – – From the time of its inception as a fashion house in December 1946, Dior’s collections have drawn inspiration from flowers and their related connotations. After showcasing his first collection in February 1947, the label’s founding father, Christian Dior, supposedly exclaimed: “I have designed flower women”. The brand’s reliance on floral configurations meandered its way through the last 69 years to culminate in a botanical extravaganza last autumn, when its most recent creative director, Raf Simons, exhibited his effeminate Spring/Summer 2016 lines on a catwalk engulfed in walls of luscious flowerbeds. The fact that the flower theme is still being upheld by the house so obviously leads us to wonder: why is it that Christian Dior exuded a fixation with flowers and why did his most recent predecessor find it relevant to reignite said preoccupation today? The root of Dior’s infatuation with floral motifs may be uncovered through studying the …

“Performing for the Camera” Essay by Ludovica Colacino

The performance, usually, is thought as something with no aim apart from the reaction of the public to it. Tate Modern, however, changes our perspective upon the performance – as something that is staged purposefully to be recorded, in this case with photography, with the exhibition Performing for the Camera. The camera is the conducting thread through the all fourteen rooms of the exhibition, representing the only stable part of the performance itself. However, even if the look of the camera is ‘fixed’ upon reality we can see how, sometimes, photographers twisted the final result and its credibility by working in the darkroom; this concept is evident as soon as we walk in the first room. Yves Klein’s ‘Leap into the Void‘ is the final result of two images merged together. In the first one Yves, the performer, shot by Harry Shunk, leaps into a bed-sheet held by a group of men to soften his fall while in the second picture there’s the same environment, but empty, with only a cyclist in the distance. Shunk …