The relationship between humans and the animal world is as deeply rooted in its mutual survival as it is in its complex dual evolution; civilizations throughout history evolved in accordance to that mutual relationship. And why would fashion be any different?
And of course to celebrate it, mythologies and legends both bring about stories of human-animal creatures exposing the best and worst natural characteristics of each creature.
Here comes the Symbolist movement, this highly intellectualized 19th century art specializing in sampling Greek and Nordic mythological tales, including biblical ones, introducing anything from centaurs to mermaids to sphinxes, and bejeweled dark forces of femininity. Sounds like a fashion show in the making, no?
That human-animal relationship also morphs into and complements the shamanistic side of culture and religiosity. Designers might seem to favor that relationship over others due to its sartorial accessibility. Adorning and accessorizing a body in animal pelts and other elements is much easier than transforming a wearer into a fantastic half-beast.
This fashion season isn’t an exception with these creative rules. As expected, designers are still looking for inspiration to help hone creations that may help make them household names, or to retain their established creative edge. In this highly competitive realm, creativity is what separates the fashion leaders from the sycophants.
A fantastic look may just be a fantastic look!