guest post by Laura Diaz
Queen Isabel I of Castille, more commonly known as Isabel The Catholic, went down in history as one the most powerful female leaders known today. Her will to command an entire nation and her visionary ideals led to the unification of Spain and what is known as the
Golden Age. This important period that solidified the Spanish empire is not only historically significant, but continues to be an inspiration for today’s fashion.
The angelic Michelle Jenner portrays the young Queen in the hit Spanish telenovela
Isabel. The costume design of this award-winning telenovela portrays the period’s fashion with elegant detail and accuracy. The period clothing displayed on the show is an example of how these trends have inspired many of today’s top fashion designers such as Alexander McQueen and Dolce & Gabanna.
Royal fashion of the time exemplifies the luxury, power, and wealth of the royal family combined with a sense of delicacy. It was common to see outfits adorned in all types of jewels, pearls, and gold, usually embroidered in rich velvets and exotic silks. To this day, the powerful imagery of these trends evoke feelings of extreme luxury and pure decadence.
The evocative nature of period based clothing has led today’s top fashion designers to revisit these trends on the runway, for example, the Valentino black cloaks on his Spring 2013 Couture Collection. Dresses with embroidery and applications were a must in court and Dolce & Gabbana and Elie Saab have proposed in recent collections very similar styles to get the
In particular Alexander McQueen, whose 2013 Fall collection is being dubbed by some as the
Royal Catholic Collection. McQueen’s vision of glory, his sensitivity to history, and imagination is nothing short of brilliant as it emphasizes the leadership of the feminine spirit. It is important to notice the exquisite work on the complex embroidery and detailed beading while keeping in mind the futuristic trends that defined his vision.
To remember the coronation of the great Queen Isabel I of Castile, and recognize the trends set by her and other female leaders of the time, there is nothing better than to admire the collections of Dolce & Gabanna, McQueen and others with inlaid crowns, pearls and stones. In case you’re interested in following
Isabel to learn more about this great story and keep an eye for fashion, or if you are a big fan of telenovelas like I am, I’d recommend you try this one!
A LITTLE ABOUT LAURA
To tell you a bit about me, I was born in Argentina but have been living in the US since I was a kid. Proud to be a good mix of cultures! I’m a web designer living in NY and studying fashion history. I also decided to take on some journalism courses as I plan to integrate these two and hopefully be able to write for a magazine one day! Love fashion, history and, yes, telenovelas!