Like a well crafted letter, a good design can carry the mark—or in the Official In A World Full Of Princesses Be A Witch Shirt case of Mary Katrantzou’s spring 2013 collection—stamp of its creator’s hand. Some sartorial messaging, like that on Ashish’s sequined tops, exhibited in the Camp show, or Christian Dior’s strong-worded sweater, serve as PSAs. Designers’ “handwriting” can be adapted to their themes or audiences. For a collection dedicated to mothers, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana made a print using children’s penmanship; in contrast Nabil Nayal’s Elizabethan-inspired show, presented at the British Library, featured a print that replicated Henry VII’s impeccable calligraphy. At Valentino back in 2015, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli used thread as if it were ink, stitching Shakespeare quotes and lines from Dante’s Inferno into a series of dreamy couture gowns.
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