Fashion Editor: Victoria Sekrier

Let's Dance the Tarantella

Fall fashion's opulence brings to mind the greatest Italian dramas. Inspired by Fellini, GARAGE packed its bags for Italy and gave them a starring role.

by GARAGE Magazine; photos by Brett Lloyd
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Sep 22 2019, 9:45am

Fashion Editor: Victoria Sekrier

Brett Lloyd Victoria Sekrier Tarantella
Remmington wears bodysuit RICK OWENS, top by KHANH BRICE NGUYEN, leotard by AGOLDE, leggings by BALENCIAGA, vest is stylist's own, necklaces (worn around ankles) by AREA

I. Beginning in the 15th century, women bitten by spiders in the town of Taranto fell under a trance, their bodies convulsing. The movements became a sort of hysterical dance, a way to sweat out the spider's poison to be healed. This dance was eventually dubbed tarantella.

Brett Lloyd Victoria Sekrier Tarantella
Dress by ACNE STUDIOS, gloves by CORNELIA JAMES
Brett Lloyd Victoria Sekrier Tarantella
Cameron (left) wears vest by CALVIN KLEIN, trousers by Y/Project, suspenders from TIES PLANET, shoes by Y/PROJECT. Remmington (right) wears shirt, skirt, and scarf by MARNI, belt by ALEXANDER MCQUEEN, tights by FALKE courtesy of UK Tights, vest by TOGA, shoes by SALVATORE FERRAGAMO, earrings by AREA
Brett Lloyd Victoria Sekrier Tarantella
Dress, neck piece, and gloves by GUCCI, shoes by Y/PROJECT, head piece is stylist's own, tights by FALKE courtesy of UK Tights
Brett Lloyd Victoria Sekrier Tarantella
Dress by ACNE STUDIOS, gloves by CORNELIA JAMES, necklaces by TIFFANY & CO., tights by FALKE
Brett Lloyd Victoria Sekrier Tarantella
Top by GIVENCHY, leotard by AGOLDE courtesy of National Theatre, tights by FALKE, shorts courtesy of National Theatre, gloves by CORNELIA JAMES
Brett Lloyd Victoria Sekrier Tarantella
Jacket by ALEXANDER MCQUEEN, leotard courtesy of Costume Studio

II. It is also thought the tarantella has darker origins as a pagan ritual that was banned by the Romans, which later re-emerged at the hands (and feet) of women that would never let a practice in which they were the center of attention, and absolutely in control, disappear.

Brett Lloyd Victoria Sekrier Tarantella
Dress by PACO RABANNE, leotard courtesy of Costume Studio, tights by FALKE, shoes by DORATEYMUR, necklace and earrings by PANCONESI
Brett Lloyd Victoria Sekrier Tarantella
Dress by PRADA, gloves by GUCCI, necklaces (worn around ankles) by AREA, shoes by SALVATORE FERRAGAMO
Brett Lloyd Victoria Sekrier Tarantella
Cameron (top) wears dungarees by DRIES VAN NOTEN, vest by DANIEL FLETCHER, shoes by Y/PROJECT, hat courtesy of Costume Studio. Remmington (bottom) wears dress, top, and shoes by BURBERRY

III. In some places, tarantella is also a courtship dance. The women dance and try to dazzle the men with their movements, the men, in turn, kneel and let themselves be dazzled. And who wouldn't want to be kissed by a spider-woman?

Brett Lloyd Victoria Sekrier Tarantella
Unitard from THE ARC, leotard from COSTUME STUDIO, dungarees by TOGA, top is stylist's own, hat courtesy of The National Theatre, necklaces by TIFFANY & CO
Brett Lloyd Victoria Sekrier Tarantella
Brett Lloyd Victoria Sekrier Tarantella
Cameron (left) wears vest by PALOMO SPAIN, trousers by LOUIS VUITTON, shoes by SAINT LAURENT. Remmington (right) wears dress and belt by SAINT LAURENT, vest and leggings (worn as cardigan) by KHANH BRICE NGUYEN, head piece courtesy of Contemporary Wardrobe, leggings by BALENCIAGA

Citations: Hair Jonathan De Francesco at LGA Management, Makeup Ammy Drammeh Mora at Bryant Artists, Models Remington Williams at DNA Management NYC and Cameron McMillan at Models 1, Choreographer Cameron McMillan, Photographer’s Assistants Willy Cuylits and Christophe Nullens, Fashion Assistants Hannah Hetherington and Chiara Pollio, Production Danilo Cautero and Teresa Salvatrice Martelli at Ease Productions