Current notions of classical dress are based on the original variations and manipulations of antique models, the twentieth-century adaptation of ancient methods to modern forms, and, in this example, the mythic iconography that accrued to the original styles over time by artistic convention. The body-exposing drape of Tom Ford's gown is easily associated with Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Marking: [label] "GUCCI / MADE IN ITALY"
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Goddess: The Classical Mode," May 1, 2003–August 3, 2003.
MoMu — Fashion Museum Antwerp. "Goddess," May 6, 2004–August 22, 2004.