Friday, July 25, 2008

Memento Mori

This outfit was originally supposed to include tights and short boots, but since my new tattoo was still pretty sore this morning I decided to leave my legs bare. The new design looks really good so far; it still needs color and shading, but the artist I go to is booked out for the next several months, so I will have to live with it in its unfinished state for awhile. In the outfit picture to the left you can see the placement of it and get an idea of the size. I had originally conceived this as a very small, simple design -- you can see how well that idea worked out.

Memento mori translates roughly to, "Remember that you will die." It sounds a little morbid at first, but really it has to do with living life to the fullest because our time here is limited. I came across a lot of examples of memento mori when I traveled in eastern Europe the last couple of vacations, and it sort of struck a chord with me. Curious Expeditions has an interesting article on the concept of memento mori as applied in the Sedlec Ossuary, one of the places I visited, here. The look of the design is based on the art nouveau style of Alphonse Mucha, some of whose work I was fortunate enough to see when I was in Prague. As the idea for this tattoo developed, the complexity of all the concepts I was trying to incorporate ended up necessitating a larger image.

Okay, on to the outfit. I got this little ecru dress from Lady Language for $20 on sale. The knit fabric is very soft, swingy, and comfortable. The button-down shirt is from Old Navy, short-sleeve jacket by BCBG Max Azria, and shoes by Cole Haan. I love the ruching and button details on the bodice of this dress, and am looking forward to trying out other ways to wear it that will show off those details more.

Tonight I'm heading to Minneapolis for an extended weekend, so there won't be a post on Monday. I hope everyone has a lovely weekend, and I'll be back with more work outfits on Tuesday.

5 comments:

Lady Language said...

You look fabulous! Thanks for the mention and I am glad you like the dress. Have a good time in Minneapolis :-)

E said...

I LOVE the dress! And the tattoo is way rad.

I'm so unbelievably bummed I won't be around to meet up with you this weekend!! Have a wonderful time in The City and on the lakes... I hope you post on if you had a good time!

Safe travels!

Jane said...

I love te detail in the dress. And the thought that has gone into the tattoo is so enlightening. I must admit I don't do tattoos (I am needle shy and afraid of anything permanent) but I appreciate them in others. In the prison where I work tattoos are so much in evident. I love asking the guys the thoughts behind them.

ambika said...

The font really makes me think of Mucha. The museum in Prague is so comprehensive; I feel fortunate to have seen it.

I didn't even know of the ossuary when I went several years ago now. It was literally a surprise trip a Czech acquaintance sprung on me that I also feel really lucky to have seen in retrospect.

Emily Kennedy said...

I'm glad you didn't go small with the tattoo. It's fresh; a really great design and idea.