Lilith- Legend & Stories
The theme Lilith for this Spring/Summer 13 collection, has many different facades which are interpreted differently in the study of science, art, religion and astrology.
What first ignited my interest towards this subject is a famous painting by Dante Gabrielle Rosetti entitled ‘Lady Lilith’.
- Of Adam’s first wife, Lilith, it is told
- (The witch he loved before the gift of Eve,)
- That, ere the snake’s, her sweet tongue could deceive,
- And her enchanted hair was the first gold.
- And still she sits, young while the earth is old,
- And, subtly of herself contemplative,
- Draws men to watch the bright web she can weave,
- Till heart and body and life are in its hold.
- The rose and poppy are her flowers; for where
- Is he not found, O Lilith, whom shed scent10
- And soft-shed kisses and soft sleep shall snare?
- Lo! as that youth’s eyes burned at thine, so went
- Thy spell through him, and left his straight neck bent
- And round his heart one strangling golden hair.
Lady Lilith in this context refers to a Hebrew myth which describes her as the first wife of Adam in the story of Adam & Eve. Here, she is depicted as a ‘witch’ which refuses to submit to adam. In many interpretation of the story, Lilith is introduced as a femme fatale figure and often called a demoness.
Lilith is also the name of the elusive second moon which is situated in between the sun and earth. It cannot be seen from earth as it is not reflected by the sun. Lilith also represents the dark/black moon in astrological chart which calls for full expression of feelings, creativity, that which represents our instinct and relates to our higher self.
A complex character, the depiction of Lilith in myths and sciences illustrate how our real inner identity correlates with our external identity. In terms of dress, this means a balance in feminine shell and masculine details.