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Don Draper Goes Medieval! Is Mad Men Don Draper’s “Inferno”?

Man Men - season 6 episoe 1 - don draper reading dantes inferno on the beach

Midway upon the journey of our life
I found myself within a forest dark,
For the straightforward pathway had been lost. . .

Those were the first words we hear Don Draper speak in the season 6 premier of AMC’s hit show, “Mad Men” which aired last night. Dante Alighieri’s legendary Medieval poem is not one’s expected choice to be reading on the beaches of Mauii, but for Don Draper it seems to have opened many questions of himself.

You could even point out that throughout the series, Don has endured through many of the nine circles of sin described in Dante’s “Inferno” (such as gluttony, lust, and sin), so to capture the man of perceived strength and self confidence bring alongside with him a poem about the author’s personal midlife crisis really speaks volumes. Don, however, doesn’t speak for another 10 minutes into the episode.

Dante Alighieri’s “Inferno” is a piece of Dante’s collection of poems known as “The Divine Comedy“. Written between 1308 and his death in 1321, the work is still seen as a pinnacle in literacy for mankind, and is still read today by students and scholars around the world. Split into three parts: Inferno, Purgatoria, and Paradiso; the story tells of the author’s descent into hell before ascending to paradise.

And as Don puts it, “Heaven is a little morbid. How do you get to heaven? Something terrible has to happen”.

As Dante had Virgil at his side, Don has Sterling; and like Dante’s muse Beatrice, Don seems to have found a new muse in his latest mistress who leant him the copy for his vacation. It’s strange life he is living, but luckily he notes he must stop “doing this”, before he never figures it out.

Dantes Purification on the Deserted Shore of Pergatory- The Divine COmedy - Dantes Inferno - Master of the Dominican Effigies (1325 - 1355) - AGO Revealing the Renaissance

We got a chance to see one of first illustrated copies of Dante Alighieri’s “The Divine Comedy” at the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Revealing the Early Renaissance: Secrets and Stories in Florentine Art, by The Master of the Dominican Effigies between 1325 and 1355. Today, it still one of the most important works written.

A season back, or so, Don criticized Universities as a “Medieval” system, in an almost dismissive way, so its interesting to see him now delving into the pinnacle of Medieval philosophy. I guess it’s always good to stay well-rounded. And 800 year old wisdom, is just as good as any.

One of the most famous publications of “The Divine Comedy” featured engravings by French artist Gustave Doré, offering fantastical and surreal visuals to compliment Dante’s classic words. We thought them a wonderful showcase to accompany Don Draper and his voyage of self-discovery, and maybe provide a little insight and intrigue into the world of Dante Alighieri.

Maybe we will go on one too. Anyone want to join us?

Everyone’s got a little figuring out to do.

Why not get lost a little on the way.

Until next time,

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Slavery in the WhiteHouse!? Ci.

We have always been on the Michelle Obama bandwagon,  and we’re not even American! We don’t care where she’s taking us, but as the American Presidential Elections draw near, it’s the latest controversy which has us nostalgic for the days of interest over her trim arms, and healthy food initiatives.

Appearing on the cover of the August 2012 issue of Spanish magazine, Fuera de Serie, is a nude portrait of American First Lady Michelle Obama.

Well to be clear, appearing on the cover of the August 2012 issue of Spanish magazine, Fuera de Serie,  is an image by Artist Karine Percheron-Daniels  with First Lady Michelle Obama’s face super imposed over a pre-exsisting Marie-Guillemine Benoist‘s painting “Portrait d’une négresse.”

Benoist painted the portrait in 1800 as a social commentary on France’s sexism and racism during the 19th century. Historians also view the piece of art as the beginning of the country’s feminist movement.

So perhaps the comparison is more fitting than not?  Albeit a number of sites have called the cover inappropriate because it depicts the First Lady in imagery closely associated with slavery.
It wasn’t too long ago that the Benoist painting was used as a reference for a shoe campaign by red-souled Christian Louboutin in 2011.  So we ask what’s more shocking? Using the image of a ‘slave’ to push politics, or sell shoes?

Also, this wouldn’t be the first piece by the artist to cause such a scandal by Karine Percheron-Daniels.  She has done previous portraits of Princess Diana, Audrey Hepburn, Eva Peron, Albert Einstein, and even Barack Obama and Michael Jackson in the buff.  Somehow this latest nod to the first lady seem’s to of launched the artist into mainstream conversation.

After the controversial piece hit the net, the artist released a statement via their website to address any haters or misunderstanders, Saying;

“If any of you have found this piece of art insulting I would like to say that my GENUINE intention was never to chock or upset anyone.This has COMPLETELY got lost in translation. I created this picture as part of a series of other famous  nudes.  As an artist I only paint and create pictures of people I admire and feel passionate about. Michelle Obama is one of these people. In my eyes , the picture I created here is of a beautiful woman with a beautiful message : The first Lady of America  in the first time in history is a black woman who proudly and confidently displays her WOMANHOOD (the nude) her ROOTS (the slave)  and her POWER(the First Lady of America embraced by the American flag). This picture, is a celebration of EVERYTHING GOOD, it is a celebration af achievement and in my opinion is not a racist slur. I am not a racist: I admire people regardless of their colour and this picture was meant to be a tribute….totally lost in translation. With my art I try to show beauty  NOT DIRT.”




Here at the Eye of Faith, we can appreciate the historic references for all these images, but when it comes to this one of the First Lady… we are left wondering, what would Michelle Obama say?


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The Eye of Faith pays tribute to the Stetson – “The Boss of the Plains”. So domineering in it’s stature and presence, there is no way to go by unnoticed in one of these finely crafted  bad boys. A creation that can truly elevate oneself beyond the everyday is a hat, and having the best never hurts. Domat Omnia Virtus. That’s what they say, after all.

If you are a fan of our photos on LOOKBOOK, you’ll definitely remember this look. We called it “A Night at the Improv” in honor of the shirt, but you definitely have to admit the vintage Stetson adds that ultimate something!

Check out these vintage Stetson ad campaigns from the 1950s we found over at Mister Crew. This is the ultimate in timeless and classic menswear. Most of the outfits you can imagine looking superb to this day!

It’s always fun to shake it up a little, but whether you’re looking for something “classic” or something a little more untamed, there’s no denying the power of those subtle details that really finish an entire look. It’s those little touches, such as the Stetson, that really help pull a look together. And really, it’s more than just a look – it’s the ability to harness your own powers over people’s perceptions. Now, that’s pretty wicked {excuse the pun}.

These are the things, we are often missing in our day-to-day. So, we encourage you to go forth and show the world what you got. Be the Big Boss. Fool the world!

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There is only one brand of Stetson out there,  that is something you can’t fool anyone about. It’s these little pieces of history that really make us feel like life truly is something special!

Make sure you CHECK US OUT on LOOKBOOK, where you can see some of our looks with many more to come…

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Does the man never cease to amaze? David Lynch, once again, with an amazingly unique approach, with his signature creative moxy and editorialy dark underground blues. Crazy Clown Time is a new album from the sinister auteur, mostly known for his feature films including Mulholland Drive (2001), and most iconically Blue Velvet (1986), starring the exquisite Isabella Rossellini, not to mention a fresh and young Laura Dern and Kyle Maclachlan epitomizing, a well be it dark, American Dream.

While not his first stint in the music industry, having made several musical collaborations with long time partner Angelo Badalamenti , his latest album is only his latest artistic pursuit.

We will always need the incurable vision of great creators like Lynch, and the songs of his album only further texture the great dream David Lynch creates.

Great reviews, and this amazing track feature personal contemporary icon, Karen O – its a strange match made, but there is a darkness to Karen O’s voice that compliments the cool creepiness of the musical landscape Lynch has created for this tale of love and woe with a strange and bizarre Pinky.

You might get the chills a little bit, but it’s definitely worth the trip.

The world can always use a touch of rockabilly! Love the combination for a cool vintage look. You can get this look with real vintage finds! (Thanks, NIBS)

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