Fashion designer Jean-Louis Sabaji presented Ishtar: Queen of the Night Spring Summer 2018 Couture Collection, inspired by the culture of Mesopotamian civilization. The collection is mix of mythology and art.
“The collection channels Ištar (Ishtar), the Mesopotamian goddess of sexual love and high priestess of political power, depicting the fantastical iconography around her in opulent adornment sparked by Babylonian astronomy – the earliest recorded. The embroidery is masterly, giving center stage to mythical beasts and celestial beings (sphinxes symbolizing supremacy, mermen: creation, lions: courage, scorpions: fertility, serpents: immortality, eagles: morality); all gloriously winged – heaven-reaching for gods and goddesses and stretched southwards for demons and deities.
Emblematic of transcendence and victory, wings hover protectively round the season’s muse, taking off as romantic bustles or soaring upwards into armor-like sleeves or morphing into cocooning capes. A goddess of contradictory connotations wielding opposite forces – chaos and clarity, harmony and dissymmetry – Ištar personifies Sabaji’s woman this season: Divine yet Fiery!“