"Thinly Veiled Referencing"
by ~The Fashioniste~
Action requires the veils of illusion. -Nietzsche

"Nothing is kinder to a woman than her veil: it bestows upon her an air of mystery, the greatest asset she could possess.” –Vogue Magazine, December 1917

Let's get an early example of that—ah, here's one!–

Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she got down from the camel. And she said unto the servant, “Who is that man walking in the field to meet us?” And the servant said, “He is my master.” Then she took her veil and covered herself. –The Bible, Genesis 24:64-65

Wow! Well done!
Her favorite album (I SUPPOSE it's very nice...):
But back to the veils...with the Chanel Spring 2007 Collection, you gotta check this one out!!

Wise poets that wrapp'd Truth in tales,
Knew her themselves, through all her veils.
-Thomas Carew

Even with gingham?? Why not! The variety of looks is so truly awe-inspiring...more designers gotta diversify like this. What's up with the shows that got like the same dress in ten different shades?
~*~ If you take risks more often, you'll fail more often, but you'll also succeed more often. ~*~
Look at it! Everything is cut so originally!
She's veiling her eyes from the gold fireworks below...cooooool--
Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind;
And therefore is wing'd Cupid painted blind.
"The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man...for all that do so are abomination unto God." -Deuteronomy 22:5 Whoa, really? That is pretty harsh, man. And I do mean MAN... (Ha!!)
Is this a little more acceptable?

Desire is nourished by delay…
but spoiled by too much delay! (Excuse me, do you really find that SO funny?)

Dior, Spring 2005 Ready-to-Wear - Not bad!
The coverage is good, but I dunno if the spaces are close enough for haute cafe(teria) standards:
From Christian Dior, Fall 1950 collection:
From Viktor & Rolf, Fall 2006 line:
Look closely-- They are just as shocked!
But DAMN, that looks good...
Dior, Spring 2002 Couture - Cool...sleeves??
Yohji Yamamoto, Spring '06
Yeah, well, who says the thing needs to cover the whole face?
When it comes to veils, "partial nudity" is certainly an option. ;-D!
Observe the power of some well-placed cross-hatching (illustrators--take note):
Dior, Fall 2001 Couture - Say whaaa?? Well, that's ONE way of dealing with having underslept...
A beautiful bird is the only kind we cage. -Chinese Proverb (My, how insidious...!)
Nuthin. But. Net.
Some designer said "What IS expensive, LOOKS expensive," but we may also say that,
What IS expensive, looks...OUTRAGEOUS! I mean...REALLY. :-o
And this raises an interesting point: If I were to tell you that there is a woman who always dresses outrageously, that could either mean that she's on the complete OUTSIDE of society, or on the very TOP of society, right? But perhaps she can be BOTH, no? It is not uncommon for the word "millionaire" to be preceded by the word "eccentric," and this goes for the males as much as the females. But is bold, stylistic originality really a luxury that requires MONEY...? As a faithful steward of the fashion industry, I better say, um, "F^ck YES???" But let me just quote Lazaro Hernandez of the design house Proenza Schouler, and note that "Inexpensive basics are the best way to showcase opulent designer pieces." (Ah yes, and that finely astute observation served as an eminently senible conclusion to a potentially disastrous disquisition.) ("What the hell did he just say??" "I don't know, I think...he just pretends to be eccentric.") ;- ) LOL.......
Ok people, let's bring it awn back. I got the Shakespeare in full effect. Ahem. [dramatic pause.]
O, what a mansion have those vices got
Which for their habitation chose out thee,
~*~ Where beauty's veil doth cover every blot ~*~
And all things turns to fair that eyes can see!
      -Sonnet 95
Hey, y'know, as Lagerfeld says: "If you want to create allure, veil it."
But it not only applies to the face--as you can see from this Sept. 1964 issue of Vogue--but legs-veils do have a name of their own--stockings--and what Americans call fishnets, the Brits call fencenets.
But it the whole concept does create quite a bit of mystique now, doesn't it? And by "mystique,"
I mean frustration.

Ah, to think how thin the veil that lies
Between the pain of hell and paradise!
-George William Russell 

As you can see, "The awful thing is that beauty is mysterious as well as terrible. God and the Devil are fighting there and the battlefield is the heart of man." -Fyodor Dostoyevsky
One man said:
"Art may be said to draw aside the veil from nature." -William Hazlitt
But another more rightly said that the task is:
"to make the visible a little harder to see." -Wallace Stevens
And another, that:
"Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world, and makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar." -Percy Bysshe Shelley
What follows will speak for itself. Scroll slowly...
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It is no small coincidence that the French word for a "dream" is "rêve."
Those are all from the Bryan Adams' video for "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?" Yes, I know, that is not actually a veil, it's a domino mask. However, apropos of that: "Woman is least herself when she talks in her own person. Give her a mask, and she will tell you the truth." This was said not of women, but of men, by Oscar Wilde, though it is perhaps just as true of both...

Mmm-- "In delicate souls love never presents itself, except under the veil of esteem."
-Madame La Platiere Roland


Clouds are the veil behind which the face of day coquettishly hides itself, to enhance its beauty. -Jean Paul Richter

Emanuel Ungaro, Spring 2003 Couture - Exquisite.
So all ya got in the atelier is twenty yards of red fishnet? A good designer will always find a way to make it WORK! Cover girl! Give a twirl! Do yo thing...n MaKe LOoOOoVE 2 ThA CaMeRAAA
Oh, and for St. Patty's Day, a wee little toast--(ahem)--

God's angels lifting the night's black veil
From the fair sweet face of my sireland!
O Ireland, isn't it grand, you look
Like a bride in her rich adornin',
And with all the pent up love of my heart
I bid you top o' the mornin'!

Issey Miyake Menswear, Fall 2006 - And no, that's not me, but...close enough. XD
Now to the main the burning sun descends, 
And sacred night her gloomy veil extends.
The western sun now shot a feeble ray
And faintly scatter'd the remains of day.
- Joseph Addison
Dream and dream, and all shall be revealed...
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