Inspiration
Glamor + Elegance = Blue Sepia July 24, 2013

Was this gorgeous collection inspired by Hollywood or Paris in the 50's? Both are in the mix.

Glamor + Elegance = Blue Sepia

I remember that black seamed stockings were de rigueur back then but they were hard to find after the war. So I painted a seam up the backs of my mother’s legs with eyeliner. Trompe l’oeil in action!

Glamor + Elegance = Blue Sepia

July 24, 2013

Was this gorgeous collection inspired by Hollywood or Paris in the 50's? Both are in the mix.

When it comes to inspiration, there is rarely one source. New collections are usually an amalgamation of diverse influences, some conscious, some planted deep in the subconscious over time and impossible to put a finger on. My influences for Blue Sepia come from various sources.” MAKE UP FOR EVER Founder and Artistic Director Dany Sanz.

 

DANY, TRACE THE ORIGINS OF THE NEW BLUE SEPIA COLLECTION FOR US.

“Well, I guess this book contains some of the most primal elements of my inspiration. I love craftsmanship, les artisans – artists in general, really – Haute Couture designers" Dany says, thumbing through a well thumbed-through tome on a certain Haute Couture house, the epitome of glamor. As she speaks, she stops at photographs that quite clearly move her. “Look at this, les années 50, the room where they were pinning the dress, the light, the ladies with their glamorous hair, the makeup, all of it. The attitude, the colors, the folds of the dress, everything.  There is a complete story there.”


WHAT WAS DIFFERENT FOR WOMEN BACK THEN? WHAT DID WE HAVE IN THE 50's THAT WE DON'T HAVE ANYMORE?

Everyone says we’ve advanced, and we have, but we’ve lost some things too. The absolute glamor. The elegance. I used to see my mother dressed in bleu petrole, with the stockings, the cut of her clothes, impeccably made up. My mother was always, always well-dressed, always made up and so, obviously, quite creative in her own right to be able to pull it off on a shoestring. I remember that black seamed stockings were de rigueur back then but they were hard to find after the war. So I painted a seam up the backs of my mother’s legs with eyeliner. Trompe l’oeil in action! Even then, I had a steady hand. Necessity (or wanting something badly enough) really is the mother of creation.

And think of Marlene Dietrich. So graphic. She is still so fashionable now, when everything old is new again. Versatile, very theatrical and dramatic. In a good way – not crying all the time."

 

TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT THE COLORS IN THE COLLECTION.

"When Ludo and I were working on this line, we purposely went looking for colors that went ‘out of fashion’. Jaune Banane…Coq de Roche –quite  literally: Andean Cock of the Rock. It’s a particular orange/coral, and, in its literal sense, a bird. While we were investigating, I realized it was time to bring some of those colors back into the world. They’re too extraordinary to let them stay extinct. The word Sepia is a word we use in photography. But it wasn’t. It was a color. This is what drove me. To bring Petrol Blue, and Blue Sepia, back where they belong. To reignite them."

 

 

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