“It was my absolute dream to have something as beautiful and opulent as possible, without a point, or petulance. It’s all the things I wanted to do, with all the money I don’t have”
– Edward Meadham
“It was about excess, about having too much and never being happy with it”
– Ben Kirchhoff
Paintings by Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Thomas Gainsborough and François Boucher come to mind when I see Meadham Kirchhoff’s RTW Spring 2013 fashion show (from London, UK in September 2012). An 18th Century backdrop, adorned with decadent furniture, Chinoiserie, tiered cakes and flowers accentuate Meadham Kirchhoff’s artistic endeavours. Their ready-to-wear collection screams pastel colours, gold, jewels, decorative designs, ruffles, lace, brocades, bows and lots of it. The designs definitely channel the upbeat glamour of Marie Antoinette or Madame Pompadour and their elite, social circles. Viewers are in awe. They immediately indulge in the spectacle. It is remarkably opulent and oh-so-rococo. Glamour. Beauty. Excess.
Just a few curiosities, however…
Is this really Ready To Wear? The show/pieces seem to enter the Haute Couture territory? Did viewers actually get the message of the “cautionary tale” of excess?
(1st and 2nd photo by Victoria Will; 3rd-6th photo from style.com)