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Paris

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Romeo Gigli

People:

Romeo Gigli

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Womenswear

Design and Making:

Ready-to-Wear

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Video

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Romeo Gigli, Spring/Summer 1991

DOI: 10.5040/9781350955806

Romeo Gigli’s Spring/Summer 1991 womenswear collection was shown in Paris and demonstrated a nuanced interpretation of various artistic eras. Set on the streets of Paris, Gigli combined the somberness of abstract expressionism with the vulnerability of Pre-Raphaelite beauty. The designer's use of luxury silks juxtaposed his bulky overgarments that instead recalled Courbet style, nineteenth-century French Peasants. Similarly, his chosen color palette (clays, clarets, grays, blacks) and balance of silhouette that varied between the sensuous and the strict, was simultaneously egalitarian and romantic. Waifish models wore little to no accessories or make-up, bar a rosebud mouth and coiffed hair, that further emphasized Gigli’s perception of soft femininity.