Monday, 5 December 2011

feline Goddess girdles


Irish-born, London-based designer Úna Burke whose tightly
fitting leather bodices I came to admire last year is back with
her s/s 2012 'Bastet' collection obviously inspired by ancient
Egypt's burial rituals and the namesake feline Goddess often
depicted as a woman with the head of a cat that was 
publicly worshipped for centuries.



Once again her armor-like overgarments made of vegetable
tanned leathers catch my breath through their sculptural
shapes, this time showing lowered necklines, belted 
skirt frames and winged shoulders amazingly 
paired in the collection's photoshoot with draped 
chiffons and sheer fabrics, not to mention a 
breathtaking scarab-shaped clutch.



Taken by Vienna-based photographer and filmmaker
Andreas Waldschuetz with his trained team facing the
dramatic backdrop of an Austrian quarried area, the
sunlit images make explicit the spiritual, symbolic and
superstitious practices of the ancients striving 
for everlasting life.

> all images by © Andreas Waldschuetz, style by Adia Trischler and Lauren Cooke <

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