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Daniel Wingate referenced the life of Isadora Duncan for Escada’s pre-fall collection. Arguably the progenitor of modern dance, Duncan lived in Paris and across Russia before her untimely death in 1927, and thus Wingate drew from the designs and colours of the Art Deco period, most notably in a patterned leather minidress.


Silhouettes were more free-flowing than in past seasons, with horsehair hemlines on evening gowns creating a wavy shape to symbolize the movement of dance. Embellishment — from beading to drapery and bows near the necklines, a nod to Duncan’s love of long scarves ­— added considerable polish.


Photo: Courtesy of Escada

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