Collection Mata Hari

Inspiration

Mata Hari was an exotic dancer that worked as a courtesan and a spy during the First World War. Her name means “eye of dawn” in the culture of Java, where her mother was born. Mata Hari was very close to this culture.

We have been inspired by the cultural environment in the time where Mata Hari lived to create this collection. That generation was captivated by the charm of exotism and luxury, and by a vague and yearning image of the oriental culture. They were also fascinated by the designs of the French couturier Paul Poiret (Paris, 1879-1944).

During the second decade of the 20th Century the famous Russian Ballets of Diaghilev arrived to Paris. Then, Poiret took profit of the Far East fever and created its own style full of colours and extravagant decorations made of feathers, leather, ornaments and jewels.

The fabrics and the collection

Use of feathers, a taste for exotic and oriental elements: captured in rich peacock feathers embroideries, as well as in little pheasant patterns on silk and great feathers inspired by paisley motifs.

Luxury and ornaments: expressed by means of rich silk velvet fabrics whose patterns have been made with metallic and golden lacquers. They are also expressed as brilliant satin damasks combined with stripes in silk velvet Jacquards.

Magnificence and brilliance: shown as bright and shiny silk satin fabrics and as soft viscose velvet fabrics made in different colours.

Colours

Anthracite grey and lead grey combined with pearly and icy shades.

Old gold and golden lacquers mixed with peacock green colours.

Aubergines, taupe and brown shades.

Furs and oily shades contrasted with beige tones.

Red-cherry and burnt orange colours.

Style

Rich, exotic, classical, sumptuous.