Friday, 1 February 2008

Warrior Queen

Nature will find Her way...Spring/Summer 2008

This title could be used for so many different posts, and in the future it may very well be. This time, however, it is about the English fashion label BOUDICCA.

"Not clothes as escapism, but of expression. A constant evolution between light and dark, hot and cold, hard and soft, right and wrong, day and night, male and female, rich and poor, fast and slow, now and never, forever and ever."

Zowie Broach and Brian Kirkby named their label after the Queen of Iceni, Boudicca (died 61 A.D.) who "led the revolt of the ancient Britons against the Roman invaders 60 A.D. The Britons had become slaves to the Roman Empire and their humiliation continued with the public flogging of Queen Boudicca and the rape of her two daughters. Boudicca raised an army and sacked Colchester, then marched her army on London. Her army marched down Bishopsgate and burnt London to the ground. And to this day archaeologists still refer to a red layer under London as the Boudicca Layer. After the Roman reinforcements arrived there was a huge battle in which the Britons were defeated. Instead of surrendering to the Romans Boudicca fled and killed herself by drinking Hemlock. There are many myths about the final resting place of Boudicca - One of them being under Platform 13 at St Pancras. From this Myth we took the name Platform 13 for our company and web site."

They made their debut in the Fall of 2000. Both Broach and Kirkby wanted their designs to be the embodiment of the 21st century woman, avant-garde without being outré.

The pictures above represent the latest collection by BOUDICCA. As much as I love their designs and find them inspiring, I do not necessarily share their complete vision. I would have used an auburn haired, older, and more robust looking model - the kind of gal that you just know has one hell of a temper.

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Pigtown-Design said...

...and her posture's horrible!

HOBAC said...

great minds....