I am lucky enough to teach Literature in the Media for a living (super amazing life right now, folks) so when ever these twin star collide I like to take note. Even though this doesn’t apply to my current class theme, the Valentino Spring 2014 ready-to-wear collection is inspired by literature. Of the collection Style.com writes: “All you need to know is that Maria Callas’ Medea, from Pasolini’s film version of the classic opera, was on the mood board.” Cute that they took it as far back as the 1969 opera, but we can do better.
Let’s take it back to the definitive first version: Euripides stunning tragedy, 431 B.C.E. It is the tale of Jason (of “and the Argonauts”) who falls in love with Medea, a sorceress, who helps him procure the golden fleece. They are married and have two children when he decides, like an idiot, that he can do better, and gets engaged to a princess. Medea makes the princess poisoned garments and the princess puts them on since princesses love garments. After the princess dies, Medea kills her and Jason’s children, because of reasons. Then, like a badass, she flies away in a chariot drawn by dragons. Medea out.
Snark aside I can see that this collection is actually inspired by the 1969 version of Medea and I love it. The hippie vibe and pseudo-Native American influence of that era shines through beautifully and these could easily be the costumes for a really vibrant re-staging of the play. Well done, Valentino, well done.
Thus the chart goes Medea of the Greek oral tradition –> Euripides 431 B.C.E. –> Medea (film) 1969 –> Valentino Spring 2014 RTW