Every Savior collection aims to embody our lifestyle and customs in a meaningful way. More specifically, the gallery attire garments were inspired by the sculpture Virgin with Lily, by Eugène Delaplanche. This sculpture is currently housed in the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, France. This blog post will cover a brief history of the sculpture and why we love it so much. For the team, the entire city of Paris served as an inspiration for previous projects and even future projects. The sculpture Virgin with Lily was sculpted by Eugène Delaplanche in 1878. It was commissioned by the city of Paris in 1874 as they wanted to create art for the city in order to add beauty. During these times, the big idea was modernization. Old streets were being transformed into grand boulevards, parks and public squares. Through their works, artists like Delaplanche aimed to create decorative arts that adapted to the changing environment and modern times.
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This sculpture is done in the naturalistic style, which is simple in design but still shows the master technique that Delaplanche had. The body of the Virgin is sensual in her pose and facial expression. Her full form figure has movement while still maintaining serene and composed. The original picture that was taken and eventually used in the gallery attire designs shows a different angle of the Virgin. She is seen looking down at the viewer as the image captures the entire sculpture’s essence into just a head shot.
This era within art history was a time of optimism and economic growth around the world. La Belle Époque, as it was called, birthed some of the most notable Parisian icons. This time period lasted until the start of World War I. Architecture saw big changes as the French made the Statue of Liberty for New York City and the Eiffel Tower. Within painting, impressionism and expressionism exploded with works by Van Gogh, Picasso and Matisse. The art people were creating had no political meaning but instead was meant to show emotions and feelings, keeping things focused on the creation of the work rather than the outcome.
Paris during these times went through what was called the joie de vivre, which was a philosophical way of life that meant seeking joy in all that one does. With the Savior brand and all the other work attached to it, we want to work towards creating meaningful work that always makes us happy. We seek the intersections between art and culture and aim to adapt them to our world. A city as far away as Paris influences us in the work we do as we make the world smaller and connect things that don’t always seem to be connected.
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