Corrie Nielsen #1
I don’t usually post more than one picture for each article – but some shows are so difficult to transcribe into words, or even into still photography, that I thought this one deserved a triptych for a better feel of how rich in emotions, in poetry and in theatricality it was.
Corrie Nielsen was my first show at London Fashion Week Autumn/ Winter 2011 – and what a start. I had seen the designer’s show when she won last season’s Fashion Fringe at Covent Garden – and I thought her work was good, but this season, it was great.
“A Winter’s Melodie” was inspired by the Elizabethan period, portraying Flemish aristocracy, and by 50’s French Haute-Couture. The result was feminine and tailored draped dresses and pencil skirts with ruched details, padded rolled shoulders, masculine wraps across the body, corseted cocktail dresses and pleated volumes, all in duchess satin, silk metallics and tulle.
The show was slow, the gowns heavy, and accompanied by the perfect music composed by Ken Watanabe. The finale – a wedding gown of pale gold triple silk worn with ballet pumps, true to Corrie’s signature style, was simply moving.
Photography by Alize Morand. Please credit.