Yet ever since Anne Rice's internationally praised book 'Interview with an Vampire', we know that vampires not only love blood but also the high life of luxury. Stunningly designed lofts and town houses stuffed brimful with designer furniture and, one of the advantages of immortality, also a few very valuable antiques, sometimes even bequeathed by a real famous historical figure (just image getting a little present from Queen Marie Antoinette of France herself!). By watching series like the very well written& designed 'True Blood' and reading Anne Rice's vampire novels, I immediately felt home with the morbid splendour and almost Byzantine opulence of the vampire lifestyle. And what about vampire and fashion, apparently having a great body which will not age nor but on weight, isn't that just a dream come true.
Yet before I start to answer above question whether a vampire wears Prada's F/W 2012 collection, I'd like you to bare in mind that this post is part fun and part philosophical think tank. There might be some interesting points coming up, but please do not take it too seriously. I'm just trying to connect things which have impressed me recently. I'm finding links no one has thought of yet between fashion, fantasy, society and death. So let's start with the Fashion Philosopher's curious thoughts on style, blood, beauty & immortality and of the course the amazing Prada A/F 2012 show.
|Vampire's homes: The 'True Blood' Bill Compton's ancestral home. From the outside: 'Antebellum de Luxe'- from the inside: 'World of Interiors'|
|Viking Eric is having a time out from killing- in style of course!|
The depiction of the Nosferatu in cinema and TV has truly been eye candy ever since the 1970's, with German character actor Udo Kier playing a heavily accented Count Dracula in 'Andy Warhol's Dracula' also called 'Blood for Dracula'.
|The imortal Count- style and sadness in one person. The monster has been attributed with a loving and suffering soul struggling for keeping his humanity|
Look at Comme de Garcons morbid-elegant Tokyo punks, Robert Geller's take on Ziggi Stardust's bitter sweet pan- sexuality of the 1970's and Oswald Boatengs' wild Asian spirts with their dark long hair and attired in knife- sharp suits are have become the cruel yet refined heralds of a fashion winter in a time of discontent.
|French actor Pierre Clementi - like a vampire he was never really accepted- always living, working and depicting humanity on the edge|
|Above Comme des Garcon Autumn/ Fall 2012- I am sure vampires would love to get their cold hands on these outfits|
|Robert Geller S/S 2012|
|One of my favourite designer of the moment- German born Robert Geller's S/S 2012 and A/F 2012- might there be some inspiration coming from Count Dracul- maybe not, maybe yes? But I think it interesting how the recent men's fashion might be connected to the elegant- deadly world of the vampires without even knowing it consciously.|
Above: Homoerotic and seduction- yearning for a younger companion in order ' to understand the New World'-Antonio Banderas as Vampire Armand in 'Interview With A Vampire'
'The Belle Epoque' or ' Golden Age' with its industrial prowess and immense wealth. Landowning aristocrats and the first super rich industrialists owned not only their countries yet also other peoples countries, the colonies! Maybe designers feel drawn to this time right now very strongly since parallels to our times are more than obvious. The turn of the century was a time of immense arrogance yet terribly elegant and grand and aware of its refined tastes yet so naively ignorant about its own eminent self destruction- WWI. This erea truly is a time for the gentleman vampire- coincidently during this period Bram Stoker writes his amazing novel 'Dracula'. Published in 1897, the hight of Edwardian life, it brings us the sophisticated and seductive vampire, deadly to everyone who loves and hates him, yet so divine and irresistible.
Exactly this area of the super rich American industrialists and entrepreneurs like J.P Morgan, John Jacob Astor and Cornelius Vanderbilt, fashion designer Muccia Prada chose for her stunning F/W 2012 show in Milano beginning of the year. The clothes were mend to be a 'parody of male power' and nothing is what it seems to be- formal trousers were cut from denim, the ornate baroque patterning on shirts are, if you look more closely, rows of American football helmets or feathered Native American head dresses.
|Gary Oldman modelling Prada A/W 2012- see the red glasses in his coat pocket- a reminscence of his great role as loce sick Blood- Count in 'Bram Stocker's Dracula'|
Yet vampires are also not what they seem to be. Looking like humans but actually dead, giving you the illusion of passion but the only thing they want is your blood. Being alive forever, how much emptiness must be filled with elegance, beauty and wealth. If a vampire looks into the mirror- what does he see? Nothing? He can not be touched by anyone or anything anymore- like the super rich lost in their own nothingness of owing everything. Yet somehow they are alive and want beauty to maybe most of all forget the horror they can bring- and what else is Prada's collection with all there ingenious details ridiculing male power dressing other than beautiful, elegant and divinely arrogant. Is the collection really a historical copy of the past. No, when you look at the world around us today with the upper-classes now owning again everything and the poor getting poorer- the world has gone into the past itself, and this kind of fashion is maybe as of the moment as trainers and jeans- and as a Vampire without the pressure of time nor the feeling of shame and remorse behind him what else would you want more than feeling of 'being' again even just for a moment!