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The Madonna's Scarlet Letter

by Nathan S., artist and model from New York, United States

14 comments · 2 · April 12, 2012


Nathan S - Calugi E Giannelli Vintage 80's Terry Cloth Jacket - The Madonna's Scarlet Letter
  1. Vintage 80's terry cloth jacket

    Calugi e Giannelli

    , in Jackets

photography: Jake William Hamilton

model: Nathan Saludez

wardobe: Shangri-la Vintage Boutique

This photo is one that is truly significant to me. I wanted to save this red jacket for the right shoot with the right photographer. It is from the 80’s, a gift from denise (the owner of Shangri-la vintage boutique). When she brought this piece into the store, it resonated deeply in my soul. It was designed by Calugi e Giannelli, a pair of italian designers in the 80’s who re-defined menswear as conceptual art. It is made of a woolen terry cloth with words etched into the fabric. The words form the phrase ‘i am an erotic being’ in several languages from latin to greek. Jake and i used this vintage 1950’s wedding veil to reference classical sculptures and paintings of the Madonna. The photo is saturated with visual symbolism and literary references so make what you will of them and let me know what you think. Links to Jakes photography and Shangri-la’s pages are provided below. Thanks for looking guys!!!

Jake William Hamilton Photography

Shangri-la Vintage Boutique

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Comments (14)

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Nix L
wow, this is beautiful
Cesar Mkl
beautiful picture, amazing jacket!
Nathan S
my most prized possession ;)
Ann Constance
WOW! You'll never stop surprise me!!!!
Darcy Z
It proved that u did a wise choice for the right circumstance, really impressive!
Paulina P.
This is so beautiful! Like a beautiful renaissance painting.
Paulina P.
love love love love....
Nathan S
:') you make me so happy!
BeLL LurzZzzz
oh my, this is lovely!!!<333
Nathan S
thank you so much bella!!!!
Nicolas French
It's beautiful, you're too beautiful
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