Empress Theodora is reinvented through impeccable craftsmanship of Sicis and incredible vision of Christian Lacroix
What happens when the inspiration comes from a Byzantine Empress, the craftsmanship, from Italy’s legendary mosaic manufacturer and the vision, from a French design virtuoso who’s been revolutionizing haute couture fashion for over three decades? The result is a mind-blowing experience to say the least, a collection full of poetic foresight that reverberates as a form of art fashioned with creativity, innovative praxis and a bona fide commitment to celebrating past and present with femininity, artistry, fashion and design as its indoctrinating principles.
Presented at the 2011 Milan Furniture Fair, the Theodora Collection by Christian Lacroix for Sicis is inspired by a beautiful courtesan who became Empress of the Byzantine Empire, co-ruling with her husband as equal, advocating women’s rights, religious freedoms, protecting the less fortunate and cementing many societal ideologies based on which modern-day cultures are governed. Theodora was considered the most powerful and influential woman in the history of the empire which she achieved with her intelligence, perseverance and lust for life.
Sicis, the Italian artisan house that revolutionized mosaic art, by reinventing its application as an embellishment in contemporary settings and in modern design partnered with Christian Lacroix, who made his foray into the magical land of modern designer furniture realizing his vision through an epic muse, the titillating Theodora.
Theodora Collection exemplifies manufacturer’s dedication to artistic ingenuity and Lacroix’s intrepid wizardry, mixing baroque and modern intricacies into seductive shapes with ameliorated comfort, exhilarating color-palette and a jewel-like appeal. Graceful and exceptionally sophisticated, the Theodora collection invokes refinement and individuality in a rhapsodically charged parlance of the senses, paralleling the legacy of its iconic muse.