the subliminal power of fashion

The photographer Xavier J. Peg titled his presentation of the hat designer Ferdinand Faucheux, “An Exercise in Opulent Restraint”. “Opulent restraint” is as much a paradox as a heavy Wild boar hat on a delicate Southern lady – or an European hat designer in an U.S. chapel with the name “Zion Bathed in the Blood” / CME Apocalyptic Baptist Church. As paradoxical as outrageous aggression and elitist attitude against market-driven, easy saleability to the general clientage. But perhaps the power of subliminal fashion is always based on the capability to have no fear of contact with paradoxes. Arrogant, where you should be humble. In the attitude of false humility, where it actually would do well, if you were sincere and friendly.
An Exercise in Opulent Restraint
title=”An Exercise in Opulent Restraint” – photo by Studio d’Xavier, kindly sent to my group BLOG IT!, click on the picture to enter Xavier J. Peg’s galleries on Flickr.com or visit is excellent website http://studiodxavier.zenfolio.com/

P.S.:
other portraits composed by the same photographer:
Lady MaisonneuveGary Ferguson and his Gretsch Duo Jet

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38 responses to “the subliminal power of fashion

  1. She could be a walking garage sale!

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  2. Don’t see any restraint.

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  3. Amy

    I agree with bebs… 😀 🙂

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  4. It looks heavy… and yet she doesn’t seem to be under any stress… Is she really wearing that or is it nailed to the wall? As much as I hate the entire notion of fashion, I have to admit, the hat looks nice 🙂 Perhaps it would work as an art installation instead of a head gear!

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    • I believe, many of the portraits made by Xavier are presenting the models not under stress, even completely relaxed – so he is a very good photographer, or?
      other portraits composed by the same photographer:
      Lady MaisonneuveGary Ferguson and his Gretsch Duo Jet

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  5. vastlycurious.com

    Nothing subliminal about that beauty!

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  6. I do believe that her hat is a political statement (hahaha) with the restraint lying in the fact that it is only the boar’s head and not the whole pig…

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  7. She has one crazy head on!

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  8. Don’t see the restraint either nor the opulence! On the other hand isn’t fashion about being able to carry it off? She does that with aplomb 😀

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  9. “Aplomb” (from Madhu) is a good description.
    I don’t know what my subconscious is saying about the hat, but I know what my conscious is saying.

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  10. Another commenter suggested that the boar hat must be nailed to the wall, and I tend to agree — unless the hat-wearer’s neck is filled with lead or the parts of the hat are completely hollow, it would be hard to hold that gaudy thing up.

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  12. Allyson Mellone

    Being paradoxical can be a burden.. builds heavy weight = “An Exercise in Opulent Restraint.” Very insightful, Frizz 🙂

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  13. Ah…garage sales…yes, wonderful things.

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