Dennis Diem Catwalk Fashion Show MBFWA SS2018

July 16, 2017 by  
Filed under AIFW, Fashion

A special show for Dennis Diem this Saturday evening. With his collection Les Antoinettes the designer celebrates his ten year anniversary. Les Antoinettes tells the story of the life of Dennis Diem’s ultimate muse Marie-Antoinette divided into five different periods; nude, pearl, black, red blood and gold. A collection that brings everything that ever inspired and fascinated Dennis Diem together. Traditional fashion craftmanship, the special role of women, the red carpet.. And did you know Dennis Diem used Marie-Antoinette’s original sizes as a blueprint for all his corsets?

With this collection Diem brought Marie-Antoinette to a contemporary Hollywood-setting (a place where one of Dennis Diem’s current muses, Dorith Mous, is a regular red carpet guest). He did so by creating all the gowns she would have worn in the time of age. From a floor sweeping satin duchesse nude number to a dramatic black tule gown onto statement shiny red and a golden body hugging dress. All creations worn with the highest of heels in which the models walked the runway, accompanied by violin music.

Diem used his signature gilded scales, hand cut silks with baroque patterns, embroideries with fresh water pearls en shelves. And almost all of it was handcrafted, taking Diem and his team three months to cut out sequins, gild them in 23carat gold and manually add them to the designs. Designs with an absolute Hollywood feeling, but if you took a closer look, with extra detailing, beautiful craftsmanship and the tragic story of Marie-Antoinette all hidden in there.