Platonism, “Pandrogyny” and Panache: how pop hints at the primordial man

The figure of the Hermaphrodite in esoteric symbolism is perhaps one of the strangest and most alien to the ordinary consciousness of man. It has probably always been this way. The primitive shaman — part priest, part mystic, part sorcerer, a figure of fear and reverence — is known to have feminized his appearance, and […]

Merkabah: the esoteric photography of Antonella Arismendi

The work of photographer Antonella Arismendi has appeared in Rolling Stone, British FHM, Vnfold, and DMag, among others. She’s also photographed for a range of clients, including Loreal France, Nike, and Docomo Japan. But, with pentagrams, the Cabalistic Tree of Life, pyramids and other symbols appearing in her photo shoots, Antonella’s work is infused with the spiritual and the […]

Death becomes us? the skull as symbol of transcendence

“There was a small splash a couple of weeks ago about a new coffee: “Death Wish.” No prizes for guessing that this brew has an extremely high caffeine content. According to the website dedicated to this dark brew, it has about twice the amount of caffeine as regular strong coffee. What’s perhaps more interesting from […]

Hijab: beyond the stereotype

“The hijab — the Muslim headscarf — is a simple item of clothing that has the power to represent complex and even contradictory ideas — from tradition and social conservatism to revolution and democracy (or the hope of democracy, e.g., via the Arab Spring). The symbolism of the hijab depends partly on in which country […]

DressAddict launches “intellectual clothes” collection

Ukranian fashion design company DressAddict has just launched its latest men’s and women’s collections. Founded by Artem Gryshchenko and Victor Victorov, DressAddict describes itself as a “unique brand of the modern intellectual” clothing, whose aesthetic embodies “freedom, simplicity and space.” Individual garments are designed through modeling, cutting, and experimenting with the actual cloth, to create […]

Etheric body: Fashion and the image of God

A revolution was spreading across Europe during the 16th century. In what would become known as the Protestant Reformation the rebels were not just acting against the power of the Papcy, or trying to grab power and land for themselves. For the ordinary zealot, one of the bigger issues was the power of images, or […]

Militant feminine: vanguards of style

In 2012 Moschino launched its collection of military chic womenswear in Milan. In mostly black and white with touches of “girly pink,” the brand’s final statement on war seemed to be delivered with a biker’s jacket bearing a large peace sign on the back. This hasn’t been the only expression of military chic so far […]

Organic futurism: aesthetics and technique out of nature

It was a couple of decades ago when I first came across the work of Koji Tatsuno. The work of Tatsuno, a relatively unknown and self-taught Japanese fashion designer, was being shown inJoseph, an upscale fashion store in South Kensington.It would be an understatement to call Tatsuno’s work unusual. One of his dresses was made […]