The stunning dresses featured in today’s post conjure up, for me, images of costume dramas from times gone by…like Downton Abbey and Brideshead Revisited. They were designed by Dutch celebrity and royal designer Jan Taminiau and they were revealed this month at his Paris Haute Couture fashion show.
Jan, who is a designer of choice for stars such as Lady GaGa and Beyonce, was inspired by the exquisite beauty of the orchid. He said: “I wanted to discover the possibilities that the orchid has to offer and be guided by the orchid’s colours, its vein-like structures and its variegated shades. The orchid not only inspired me, it surprised me. Orchids are every bit as fascinating as the women who walk into my studio.”
‘Art of Life’, a group of Dutch orchid growers, provided Jan with orchids to support his creative inspiration. The dress above was inspired by the Phalaenopsis orchid. Its name is derived from the Greek words ‘Phalaina’ (moth) and ‘opsis’ (resembling). The story goes that during one his trips, Dutch botanist, Dr C.L.Blume, saw a group of butterflies floating almost motionless beside a tree. These turned out to be Phalaenopsis orchids.
The photo below shows Jan with his design inspired by the Vanda orchid, a rare orchid that does not need any earth to survive. Its roots hang loose in the air or wrap themselves around trees.
Both dresses are exclusively available to order via the JANTAMINIAU studio. And here’s a link to Jan’s complete Couture 2014 collection. To discover more about orchids, do visit www.orchidsinfo.eu and the website’s Facebook page for facts, care tips and inspiration.
(Images : Jan Taminiau/Duy Vo)