by Miriam Schulman.
|Spanish Rose, original watercolor by Schulman|
The dress in the detail picture comes from the McQueen collection called Sarabande. Sarabande is a type of music which was first references in Central America by a popular Spanish dance called a zarabanda. While the dance was banned in Spain in 1583 for its obscenity, Cervantes and other authors of that period reference the dance in their literature. Undoubtedly the silhouette of the dress references the Spanish flamenco costumes and instead of a single rose in the hair or on the collar the entire dress was made of fresh flowers.
The sarabande form was revived in the late-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries by classical composers. The fashion runway show was accompanied by a live orchestra playing Handel's Sarabande. Other romantic influences for this collection were Goya, the Spanish painter, socialite Marchesa Luisa Casati and garden flowers.
|Portrait of Emilie Floge by Gustav Klmit|
treasury with items inspired by the McQueen's 2007 Runway Show