Maya Hansen's Spring Summer 2013 "Skully Tulum" Collection is inspired by Frida Khalo and Dia de los Muertos. I love this whole collection, but I've shared some of my favorite pieces below. To see the full runway show, watch the video at the bottom of this post. This collection is after my own heart. If you've been following me on here, or from the collaborative blog Skull-A-Day, you know I love Dia de los Muertos and of course skulls. This collection is from Madrid Fashion Week in Spain, but there are strong Mexican and Mayan influences. Tulum, is a pre-Columbian Mayan walled city that was one of the last cities built and inhabited by the Mayans until 70 years past the Spanish invasion. Tulum is the Yucatan Mayan word for fence, wall or trench. The skull reference of the collection name is more apparent through the use of the sugar skulls in the prints and accessories.

Most of this collection exudes the colorful festiveness of Dia de los Muertos and the art of Frida Kahlo. If you look closely, you will notice some of the makeup looks have Frida's signature unibrow. The looks also have her signature hair braids and are some are adorned with flowers. The collection contains imagery of sugar skulls, skeletal anatomy, the Virgin of Guadalupe (virgin Mary), catrinas, marigolds, indigenous plants, and lizards, which all represent the regional inspiration of Mexico and Maya. The collection morphs from these inspirations into a fetish and shaped metal inspiration, which also sparks my Space Pirate costume inspiration needs. Some of those pieces, keep the skeletal influence, complimenting the sugar skull and skeletal details from the colorful portion. Maya is a corset maker, and the collection has many of them. If you watch the fashion show footage at the bottom of this post, you will notice the laced up backs and busk center front on many of the tops. This means the pieces (even colorful ones) are corsets. The cutest corset is the 7th look, which looks like it's rainbow striped. Upon a closer look, I realized the rainbow striping was done with rows of candy colored skulls. That plays back into the sugar skull inspiration.

Of all these fantastic pieces, my favorites are the 6th look with the Catrina, marigold, and skull print full skirt, and the yellow satin, lace sleeve blouse with a Frida Kahlo applique. A print is a nice way to incorporate several images together. The cut of the skirt shows off the long Catrinas, and allows for the skull boarder. The use of marigolds (though red and not the normal golden orange) in those two print elements helps to tie them together. The feminine yellow blouse compliments the yellow on the Catrinas. The small Frida might be an applique or fabric broach, but I love how it repeats the  hair style, flower hair adornment, and signature red lips. I'd love to see a close up of the shoes, because at this angle, they appear to have the same skull print as the skirt does. My next favorite piece is 10th look, the short circle skirt printed with the Virgin of Guadalupe, over a red sheer fabric, and white button down blouse. I love the length and fullness of the layered short skirt. Paired with the white blouse, the embellished sugar skull necklace is able to stand out. There are four red flowers adorning the braided hair, which goes back to the Frida Kahlo influence. My last favorite is the 22nd look, which is a metal adorned corset with rounded hips, and black satin hot pants. The corset is very flattering to me, since I love a small waist and curvy hips. This corset exaggerates both of those aesthetical elements. I like that the length of the hot pants is the same as the length of the corset hips. The look has skeletal rib cage influenced gaiters and a mask. This adds a warrior element, and heightens the fetish influence. Overall this collection is very artistic, and has strong skull and skeletal influences that are common influences for the artwork that I create.

For the full fashion show, go here.


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