Missy Munster, the occult fashion designer behind MM Fabrications, revealed her latest collection of head and chest pieces—INRI: Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch’intrate. The theme references both the bible, “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews” and Dante Alighieri’s poem “Inferno” with the Italian phrase translating to “Abandon all hope, ye who enter.” Just as the poem’s protagonist journeys through Hell, attendees were welcomed into a dark realm that majestically evoked death and decay.
The event was hosted at Black Sheep Gallery in Burbank, California, and many people came out to witness the diabolical delights that awaited. When I attended the debut of Let the Devil In, I was astounded by the creative energy Munster exerted in producing an affair that was not only a fashion show, but an immersive and interactive experience for guests. Since then, I greatly anticipated the unveiling of her next collection.
Upon entrance, a woman holding a rope and cloaked in black lace, skeletal chest piece and ornate head gear, greeted us. In one corner, a being donning a goat mask writhed sensually. A sizable crucifix was propped on one wall and altars laden with bones, skulls and animal figures were spread throughout the two rooms. A masked gentleman walked the gallery with two creatures rope-bound in his firm grasp. Libations by Veneficium Botanica were served and Scientific Woman was vending her dissection taxidermy. Mystery and grotesque beauty filled the atmosphere.
Missy Munster is certainly no stranger to controversy and provokes with sacrilegious concepts and symbology. That is one element that makes her aesthetic so appealing and unique; her designs make a bold statement and are not for the faint of heart.
Part of the night’s festivities was a special performance featuring Embrace Chaos and models wearing the new looks. Embrace Chaos specializes in the art of suspension on the human form using rope and hooks and collaborated with MM Fabrications for the previous fashion show.
I am sorry to say that I was unable to view or capture any footage of the presentation. The space where it took place was quite packed and it was difficult to see over the crowd. It was a reenactment of the birth of Christ. I did hear blood-curdling screams and moans though. From recordings I’ve seen others post on social media, it was a mesmerizing ritual that included a woman being carried in on a wooden beam where she hung with hooks in her flesh.
The remainder of the evening was for guests to interact with the models, view the designs up close and mingle. I took Holy Communion from a young child guarded by two figures draped in black and was almost gagged by the man parading the two humans on a leash. In the main room was the unholy family where a woman cradled a sacrificed lamb in her arms.
I’m elated that I was able to experience the revealing of this new collection. The creations looked exquisite and there were definitely a few I hope to add to my wardrobe.
To see more and purchase products, visit the MM Fabrications online store.
Find out about future events at Black Sheep Gallery on its official website.
Discover what took place during Missy Munster’s last event here.