In the pink
Beauty, sensitivity, romance, gentleness, delicacy-
are but a few words in the contemporary lexicon
ascribable to the colour pink.
Yet, there there are a few variants to the
“pink colour word history”.
Reference to a colour pink is traceable to ancient times
and certainly pink as a vibrant pigment colour,
(a blending of red and white)
was much used in religious painting
during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
Consider the use of pink pigment on manuscript leaves from
by famed 15th century Dutch minaturist painters
The Limbourg Bothers –
Adoration of the Magi
from Belles Heures du Jean Duc de Berry
In the pink:
focal Magi’s garment
St. Catherine Bound to Column
from Belles Heures du Jean Duc de Berry (1408)
In the pink:
God’s shirt, on-lookers cap, executioner’s cloak
(images from acro-iris.com and oberlin.edu)
By the late 17th century, “pink” as a colour word
was utilised in the English language.
It’s derivation stems from
the name of the Dutch flower “pinken”.
Yet, it is the strong gender alignment of the colour,
which is of particular interest.
Originally in European culture
pink was more regarded as a masculine colour
due to its hue relationship with the “murderous” colour red.
Whereas blue was thought of as a colour more relatable to women as
it is the traditional colour worn by the Virgin Mary in artworks of her “likeness”.
By the mid 20th century, the colour gender alignment
had shifted with pink most strongly identified with women and
blue most connected with men.
The evolution of pink as colour statement continues.
Today it seems more a colour of gender neutrality.
Pink is also a colour charged by political affiliation.
It has come to be widely used as word reference to
leftist / communist leanings.
In current vernacular, Latin American countries with
leftist political heads of state are known as the “Pink Tide” nations.
An emotive colour with a fascinating history trail
pink is set to be an impact colour for autumn / winter 2015.
In the pink
a / w 2015
For the Gents:
Comme des Garçons by Rei Kawakubo
graphic twirls – fantastic
by designer, Astrid Andersen
hard / soft
a beret / a bit of lace over-lay
Good ‘n Plenty
A pink and black colour mix
by desinger, Walter Van Beirendonck
In blush pink
For when a jacket is required
by father and son design duo, Joe and Charlie Casely-Hayford
In bright fushcia
For the ladies:
by designer, Junya Watanabe
orgami sculptural in raspberry pink
from Topshop Unique
In champagne pink
dress: shoulders bared, form fit
runched material, thin black band, mini
by designer, Catriona Mcauley
In amaranth pink
from Custo Barcelona
In varying shades of pink and lavender purple
dress: knit, patchwork design, mini
by designer, Olivier Rousteing
In persian rose pink
palazzo trousers: pleats / flowing
by designer, Natalia Alaverdian
light coral pink overcoat
wide lapel , wide sleeves with side slits
from Central Saint Martins College
by designer Samuel Guidong Yang
In rose pink
to the knee / at the ankle