The Marchesa ready to wear collection was inspired by late-nineteenth-century French
painter William-Adolphe Bouguereau's A Soul Brought to Heaven, which
depicts two angels spiriting a young woman through the clouds. This darker side
could be seen in the dresses worn over skeleton-embroidered tulle bodysuits,
the laser-cut black leather dress (with nary a sparkle or puff), and the
engineered embroideries that traced the anatomy. Those elements lent the
collection some invaluable bite.