The Blood of Christ
My design conflates the Arabian Kaftan with the European Gothic. Their similarity, primarily rests in their extravagance, utter grandeur, drama and elegance.
The traditional Kaftan is born out of simplicity – just three stitched panels- yet the effect is sheer exuberance. The volume of fabric, the way it falls, and the ease of its construction with emphasis on its ornate trimmings and elaborate accessories provide its classical beauty and the Wow factor!
Chiffons, Satins and Silks are perfect for the Kaftans during the spring and summer months. Alternatively, rich and vibrant coloured velvets add warmth to the winter seasons. The panels, are usually embroidered with golden or silver ribbons (dfira in Arabic), or a choice of other colours and a style of weave from the ribbon designs. When worn, the Kaftan is drawn in at the waist with an 18c-22c gold belt; matching bracelets, gold encased gem-set earnings and finished with a head dress if desired.
My design conveys the Gothic element in how the waist and chest are manipulated defining the overall shape and its flare. The panels are couture, and skim the curves without the need of a belt. The chest is formed from stylistic detailing in the panels drawn from the Corsetry traditions with several darts and boning. They produce form and structure the upper body that narrows into and shapes the waist. Gothic scalloping cascades from the collar to the chest. Drawing attention to itself and to Gothic’s dexterity and the appliance of its intricate tailoring.
A Cut narrating Kaftan Elegance, and Gothic Chic.
(the accessories haven’t been included. Illustration not finished)