Spider Dresses in 120 years of Fashion

La visione estetica del corpo rivestito da una ragnatela ha sedotto sin dal passato l’animo di stilisti, costumisti, e di donne desiderose di apparire come sensuali e pericolose aracnidi. Ho scelto per voi alcune suggestive immagini che descrivono al meglio il rapporto tra questa simbologia e l’abito, fotografie che ci raccontano di una tipologia di femminilità che segue la moda del proprio tempo, incentrata sulla caratterizzazione della donna attraverso un erotismo fatale.

The aesthetic vision of the body covered by a spiderweb has seduced the soul of stylists, costume designers, and women who yearned to appear as sensual and dangerous arachnids. I have chosen for you some suggestive images that best describe the relationship between this symbolism and the dress, photographs that tell us about a special kind of femininity that follows the fashion of one’s own time, focused on the characterization of women through a fatal eroticism.

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Annie Harrington in late 800s

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V. Surat from Movie, 1916

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Mack Sennett bathing beauties as “sirens of the sea.” c. 1920s

Coles Phillips

Coles Phillips

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Fancy Halloween Dresses from 20s

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20s spider jumpsuit

 

Lurex and Silk Cobweb dress from 20s:

 

 

 

 

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Madeleine Vionnet – Wedding Dress – 1929- Courtesy MET

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Elegance from 30s in cobweb details

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Mae West from 30s

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Helen Bennett, Spider Dress, 1939 by Horst P. Horst

Helen Bennett, Spider Dress, 1939 by Horst P. Horst

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To the sea in 40s

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Spider Dress from 40s

Jack Herzog Web Dress

Jack Herzog 40s gown

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Jack Herzog from 40s

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New Look in Spider

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From 50s a Poodle Spider Skirt

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Glamour in optical cobweb from 1967

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Stunning Spider details from Christian Dior – early 70s

 

John Bates at Jean Varon ‘Cobweb_ Dress

John Bates at Jean Varon ‘Cobweb’ Dress – 1973

John Bates at Jean Varon ‘Cobweb_ Dress 1973

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Swell Farewell 80s evening dress

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Johnny Slut from Specimen during the 80s

giorgio armani 1990 beaded spider gown dress

Giorgio Armani 1990 beaded spider dress

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Gianni Versace jumper details from 90s

John Galliano for Givenchy - Haute Couture - Summer 1996

John Galliano for Givenchy – Haute Couture – Spring Summer 1996

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John Galliano ss 1997

Givenchy Couture Fall 2000. metallic clothing

Givenchy Couture by McQueen – 2000

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Alice Auaa 2013-2015

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Schiaparelli Spring Summer 2016

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