Ophelia’s Dream


The interpreation of the painting by Paolo Roversi featuring Miharayasuhiro S/S 12

Ophelia The original Ophelia painting by Sir John Evertt Millais

Sir John Everett Millais's Ophelia is one of those paintings that pretty much every girl I knew at school cited as one of their favourite ones.  This was probably the result of a tight knit bunch of 93 in each year group in an all-girls school in Hampstead Garden Suburb, where wandering around woods, heaths and parks, getting pensive, introspective or drunk (or all three) was par for course.  I along with many daisy-chain making, vintage tea dress buying, Pride and Prejudice (the BBC version obvs…)-watching girls, had a postcard of the painting blue tacked to my teen bedroom wall of crap.

Therefore seeing an installation where Paolo Roversi recreated the famous painting, featuring an Ophelia floating in the river bank, wearing an embroidered kimono piece from Japanese label Miharayasuhiro's S/S 12 collection, was the icing on what was tip top evening of shows last night.  In conjunction with the agency WOW, the image has been animated and set up as an projection installation at the Carrousel du Louvre (it's being dismantled today alas…) whereby in one part of the film as you wave your arms in front of the 'painting', petals start to cascade all over Ophelia as though her spirit was fading away and going upwards towards the skies.  The Ophelia of the painting, for Yasuhiro apparently is an inspiring muse but this rather stunning installation has sad undertones.  Unsurprisingly a few of the Japanese designers in Paris seem to be contemplative of what happened in Japan earlier and incorporating that somehow in their work.  Yasuhiro is not exempt from that as he talked about the surprises of life and presented this collaboration as an optimistic piece to give food for thought in times of renewal in Japan.  I can't speak for the Japanese people present at the installation but I for one felt uplifted by it all despite the dreamgirl instrospections that the painting elicits.  



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Here's a little trailer for the film that was on Dazed Digital

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