We hope you’re ready for today’s announcement, because it’s an exciting one!
Street Fashion Europe is honoured to introduce you to our second guest for Omnia Vanitas, Victorian Maiden! ヾ(｡･ω･)ｼ
Victorian Maiden was founded in 1999 and is one of the best-known
Lolita brands. Its elegant style with a strong 19th Century European
feeling has made a lot of lolitas fall in love with their designs.
We are happy to welcome Aya Nimura, Victorian Maiden’s designer, to
Omnia Vanitas, where you will be able to learn more about the brand at
our Q&A and chat with her during our tea party. For the first time
in a Street Fashion Europe event, you will be able to see Victorian
Maiden’s designs during our fashion show and buy your favourite pieces
at their stall o(*≧∀≦)o
Let’s make them feel like home in our Street Fashion Europe family! (´∀｀)♡
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…vanitas is a type of symbolic work of art especially associated with Northern European still life painting in Flanders and the Netherlands in the 16th and 17th centuries, though also common in other places and periods. The Latin word means “emptiness” and loosely translated corresponds to the meaninglessness of earthly life and the transient nature of vanity. Ecclesiastes 1:2 from the Bible is often quoted in conjunction with this term. The Vulgate (Latin translation of the Bible) renders the verse as Vanitas vanitatum omnia vanitas. The verse is translated as “Vanity of vanities; all is vanity” by the King James Version of the Bible, and “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless” by the New International Version of the Bible. …By the 15th century these could be extremely morbid and explicit, reflecting an increased obsession with death and decay also seen in the Ars moriendi, Danse Macabre, and the overlapping motif of the Memento mori. From the Renaissance such motifs gradually became more indirect, and as the still-life genre became popular, found a home there. Paintings executed in the vanitas style were meant to remind viewers of the transience of life, the futility of pleasure, and the certainty of death. They also provided a moral justification for many paintings of attractive objects.
1. 17th century Dutch still life vanitas by Adriaen van Utrecht
Dyce was elected a full Academician in 1848, presenting Omnia Vanitas as his Diploma work. In this painting Dyce demonstrated his interests in historical and religious art while also alluding to a very Victorian pre-occupation, the ‘fallen woman’ - represented here in the guise of the repentant Magdalen.