Watching a recent episode of Project Runway, I found myself paying more attention to Heidi Klum’s ensemble than what was being put onto the runway. Her judge’s chair seemed to resemble a throne as she sat proudly in a gold shimmering top, neckline adorned with blue and silver jewels. Where had I seen this look before? Ancient Egypt, perhaps? With her glowing skin and perfectly styled bob, Heidi did in fact, resemble an ancient queen.
After thoroughly admiring the star’s look, I began to wonder what other modern twists on ancient beauty graced today’s fashion world. Badgley Mischka’s most recent collection features a seductively fluid gown in light aqua. The one shoulder detail is wonderfully reminiscent of a Roman toga, especially with coordinating gold jewelry.
A few collections ago, Alexander McQueen presented a collection taken straight from the Dark Ages. Several pieces resembled fashion forward armor, complete with feather adorned helmets. One exquisite gown befitting of a medieval princess revealed delicate chiffon peeking through a beautifully sculpted robe-like garment.
After browsing a plethera of collections, I found more ancient Egypt and a few Grecian inspired pieces. Beautiful draping and shining embellishment is certainly no modern idea. In fact, the roots of nearly any spectacular garment can probably be found at the Smithsonian.