I used the same model as in my 'Deadly Sin' set and like that set I thought the posture was perfect for the 'Heavenly Virtue'.
Humility is also defined as the quality of being modest and respectful so I reflected this in the gown in terms of length and coverage.
I read somewhere that humility was freedom from thinking about yourself at all so I wanted to make the dress fluid and floating in structure.
Humility is also described as the courage of the heart necessary to undertake tasks which are difficult, tedious or unglamorous, and to graciously accept the sacrifices involved so the gown has an element of the Cinderella fairytale fashion about it.
You have a choice. Live or die. Every breath is a choice. Every minute is a choice. To be or not to be. You must create TWO high fashion runway looks, one being a gown.
You'll each be assigned a deadly sin and the accompanying heavenly virtue.
There are no items assigned BUT you must use ALL of the same items for each look.
I was assigned Pride.
arrogance - haughtiness - vanity - conceit
I think the posture and expression of the model reflects all of these perfectly. Pride is apparently a complex secondary emotion so I wanted to create a complex and layered high fashion gown.
Hieronymus Bosch's painting Seven Deadly Sins depicts a bourgeois woman admiring herself in a mirror held up by a devil. This inspired the elaborate bourgeois gown, horn hair piece and heart shaped mirror.
All is Vanity, by Charles Allan Gilbert (1873–1929), carries on this theme. This painting is an optical illusion, at first it appears to depict a large smiling skull but look closer and the painting is of a young woman gazing at her reflection in the mirror. I liked these dark images of pride and this influenced the styling along with my love for all things Balmain. I added the gold detailing for an obvious and elitist look.