Inspired by Art History, Braganza’s Haughty Elegance for AW’14

by Katie on February 19, 2014


Jean Pierre Braganza brushed up on his Art History this season with a collection influenced by his antiquarian interest in the life and works of Italian Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1656). Inspired by Artemisia’s troubles as a female artist in a male-dominated profession, Braganza melded his rock-chic attitude with a classical silhouette to embody a haughty feel of tough elegance.


Emphasis was placed on presenting a range of cutting techniques and shapes. A hard-lined biker trench with football shoulders was paired with an A-line symmetric skirt, while bell and kimono sleeves were employed in thermal sweaters layered over mock sweaters, cropped trousers and floor-length skirts. A classic wide-legged trouser gained militant momentum under a silk dress bonded with zipped leather, and styled with a refined pair of full-length leather gloves.


Hard lines were balanced through the layered mix of light fabrics. Thin black leather and selections of pattern-woven silk and rayon in black, white, navy and burgundy formed the basic scheme. ‘Chiaroscuro’ silk printed with images of Artemisia’s work mimicked traditions of painting technique – contrasting the Baroque period interest in achieving realistic volume through the ability to depict extremes between light and darkness.


Such artistic feat was achieved by Braganza, especially in his options for evening suiting: a cropped royal blue jacket with cascading draped trouser, and a lavender and black silk tailed coat with flowing cropped trouser. Light fabrics, dark tones and voluminous draping formed a perfect palette for immortalizing the often underwritten edge and sophistication associated with the chronicled history of ‘uppity’ femininity.

Review written by Cody James (@roguing_vogue) for Katie Chutzpah blog.

Catwalk imagery by Debbie Bragg

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