Mythology & Fashion-An Introspective In Style and Imagination

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I am always looking for different ways to express myself , my vision of style and fashion. When I was a kid, mythology was a constant reminder how fascinating this world was. The tales and fables of past ancient civilizations fascinated me so much, till most of my early life, I wanted to become an archeologist. Wether through astrology, or looking at the stars, man has always wondered about a higher power man has always wanted to be more, do more , and understand more. In this small presentation, I have searched  around the world, through time, and discovered a few deities that have meant much to man. Some are ancient not so well known , some are well known, but at one place in time a human bent his knee to these inspired Gods/Goddesses.  Each presentation is of an original design, a small synopsis of that deity, as well as the deity drawn and rendered  in my signature fashion illustration style.  Enjoy this presentation of mythological history and fashion, it brought back so many boyhood memories for me.

 

Aries (meaning “ram”) is the first astrological sign in the Zodiac, which spans the zodiac between the zero degree and the 29th degree of celestial longitude. According to the Tropical system of astrology, the Sun enters the sign of Aries when it reaches the northern vernal equinox, which falls on 21 March each year, and remains in this sign until around 22 April. In Sidereal astrology, the sun currently transits the constellation of Aries from 15 April to 15 May (approximately). Individuals born during these dates, depending on which system of astrology they subscribe to, may be called Arians or Ariens.
In Hellenistic astrology, the sign of the ram was mythologically associated with the golden winged ram that rescued Phrixos and his sister Helle from the altar where they were to be offered as a sacrifice to Zeus. The golden ram carried them to the land of Colchis but on the way Helle fell into the sea and drowned. When Phrixos arrived at Colchis he sacrificed the ram to Zeus and presented the golden fleece to his father-in-law, the King of Colchis. The fleece was then hung upon a sacred oak and guarded by a dragon until rescued by Jason and the Argonauts. The myth recounts that Zeus was so moved by the ram’s fate that he gave it the greatest honour of being moved to the heavens.


The daughter of Leto and Zeus, and the twin of Apollo. Artemis is the goddess of the wilderness, the hunt and wild animals, and fertility (she became a goddess of fertility and childbirth mainly in cities). She was often depicted with the crescent of the moon above her forehead and was sometimes identified with Selene (goddess of the moon). Artemis was one of the Olympians and a virgin goddess. Her main vocation was to roam mountain forests and uncultivated land with her nymphs in attendance hunting for lions, panthers, hinds and stags. Contradictory to the later, she helped in protecting and seeing to their well-being, also their safety and reproduction. She was armed with a bow and arrows which were made by Hephaestus and the Cyclopes. Artemis was worshiped in most Greek cities but only as a secondary deity. However, to the Greeks in Asia Minor (modern day Turkey) she was a prominent deity. In Ephesus, a principal city of Asia Minor, a great temple was built in her honor, which became one of the “Seven Wonders of the Ancient World”. But at Ephesus she was worshiped mainly as a fertility goddess, and was identified with Cybele the mother goddess of eastern lands. The cult statues of the Ephesian Artemis differ greatly from those of mainland Greece, whereas she is depicted as a huntress with her bow and arrows. I decided to design a suitwith short pants for this diety . All white silk wool suit, representing purity and chasity,what Artimis is known for.The inside lining is blood red, representing the hunteress, and goddess of war Artimis is sometimes portrayed as. I wanted an illustration of a female deity that was not too feminine,unrully hair, almost tom-boyish,but still very beautiful, as this deity is also a warrior.


Gemini is the third astrological sign in the zodiac, which spans the zodiac between the 60th and 89th degree of celestial longitude. In the tropical zodiac, the Sun transits this area of the zodiac between May 21st to June 20th each year. In sidereal astrology, the sun currently transits the constellation of Gemini from June 16th to July 15th (approximately). Individuals born during these dates, depending on which system of astrology they subscribe to, may be called geminians
The ancient Babylonians referred to the constellation as Mastabba Galgal, the ‘Great Twins’, and commemorated within it the mythical friendship of the demi-god Gilgamesh and his mortal friend Enkidu, who fought against the gods in twelve adventures. Stricken by grief at Enkidu’s death, Gilgamesh pursued a quest to ensure his own immortality.
The ancient Greek tale of the egg-born brothers Castor and Pollux, born to their mother Leda after she was seduced by Zeus in the guise of a swan. Their consummation, on the same night as Leda lay with her husband, Sparta’s King Tyndareus, resulted in the birth of immortal Pollux, who possessed great physical strength, and mortal Castor who possessed great ingenuity. Upon Castor’s death Pollux begged Zeus to let him share his own immortality with his twin to keep them together and they were transformed into the Gemini constellation.



In the Ugaritic texts (before 1200 BCE) Athirat is almost always given her full title ‘Lady Athirat of the Sea’ or as more fully translated ‘She who treads on the sea’, This occurs 12 times in the Ba’al Epic alone. The name understood by various translators and commentators to be from the Ugaritic root ‘a/r ‘stride’ cognate with the Hebrew root of the same meaning.Her other main divine epithet was “qaniyatu / ilhm” which may be translated as “the creatrix of the gods (Elohim)”In those texts, Athirat is the consort of the god El; there is one reference to the 70 sons of Athirat, presumably the same as the 70 sons of El. She is clearly distinguished from / Ashtart (better known in English as Astarte or Ashtoreth in the Bible) in the Ugaritic documents although in non-Ugaritic sources from later periods the distinction between the two goddesses can be blurred; either as a result of scribal error or through possible syncretism. In any case, the two names begin with different consonants in the Semitic languages; Athirat/Asherah with an aleph or glottal stop consonant and `Ashtart/`Ashtoreth with an `ayin or voiced pharyngeal consonant ), indicating the lack of any plausible etymological connection between the names.She is also called Elat (“Goddess”, the feminine form of El; compare Allat) and Qodesh ‘Holiness’ . Athirat in Akkadian texts appears as Ashratum (Antu), the wife of Anu, the god of heaven. In contrast, Ashtart is believed to be linked to the Mesopotamian Goddess Ishtar who is sometimes portrayed as the daughter of Anu while in Ugaritic myth, Ashtart is one of the daughters of El, the West Semitic counterpart of Anu.In UgaritAsherah, the Shekinah, consort and beloved of Yahweh.God-the-Mother. Her sacred pillars or poles once stood right beside Yahweh’s altar, embracing it. Moses and Aaron both carried one of these Asherah “poles” as a sacred staff of power. The Children of Israel were once dramatically healed simply by gazing at the staff with serpents suspended from it. This symbol, the snakes and the staff, has become the modern universal symbol for doctors and healers.* Asherah was also widely known in the Middle Eastern ancient world as a Goddess of Healing. Then She was removed forcibly from the Old Testament Hebrew Scriptures around 400 or 500 B.C. Her priestesses & priests, known by the headbands they wore, worshiped on hill-tops, such as Zion, Mount of Olives, Har Megiddo, seasides and countless others. Daughter of Zion, a term found numerous times in the Old Testament, was perhaps a term for a priestess of Asherah. It later came to mean the “City of God,” or Jerusalem herself. As the “official” state worship became increasingly male oriented, and the establishment became hostile toward all forms of Asherah worship, a time of conflict and bloodshed lasting over a hundred years began. Those that still clung to Her worship paid the price with their lives at the hands of King Josiah and other rabid Yahwists. (Story in the 2nd Kings ). But She could not be torn from the hearts and souls of Her people.

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2 responses »

  1. This is genius, that is the only word I can use to describe your presentation. I only wish you would have done the whole astrological constellation. It would have been incredibly interesting to see what you would have come up with. Wonderful work

  2. I second that. This is really intriguing. I was ready to see Capricorn- my sign. I was captivated by the whole presentation. Really wonderful.

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