Dressed to kill
Cinema and contemporary literature are what inspired Marianna Barksdale’s F/W 2012 womenswear collection. Precisely the movie "13 Assassins" by Takashi Miike and Lisbeth Salander, the heroine of writer Stieg Larsson.
What does a heroine wear? Marianna Barksdale takes a tailor’s perspective. Her handmade garments count on workmanship and detailed decoration in the fabrics, developing each collection like a story.
Deconstruction and sustainability are fundamental in the research and development of her line, that experiments new construction and patternmaking techniques based on traditional couture.
To protect, arm and intimidate. These are the concepts that orient her aesthetic. It’s no coincidence if the mood of her F/W 2012 collection "13 Assassins" reflects that of the homonymous movie by Japanese director Takashi Miike, set in the violent world of the samurai.
As it is no surprise that the muse of the New York fashion designer is the female protagonist of the "Millenium" trilogy by Steig Larsson, a dark and hard-boiled character, armed to the teeth, with an enormous dragon tattooed on her back, who nonetheless never loses her delicate feminine vulnerability.
Photos via barksdalestudio.com