This week we are launching the Ares, Greek God of War inspired apparel range. This range wonderfully captures the elements and attributes of the fierce and rebellious God in an extraordinary work of wearable art. With this blog we will explore the inspiration that resulted in the creation of the artwork featured in this apparel range.
Ares was the Greek God of War and was also one of the most feared Gods in Greek Mythology. Ares was the son of Zeus and Hera, therefore he was one of the main Gods of Olympus. Ares was renowned for his strength and physicality, as God of war he was a superior fighter in battle and caused great bloodshed and destruction. He was however also well known for his beauty and his courage.
It was said that it was his beauty and courage which won over the affection of the Goddess of love, beauty and passion herself, Aphrodite even though she was married to Hephaistos. The myth tales that Hephaistos set a trap that caught Ares and Aphrodite in Hephaistos' bed. Once caught, the punishment for Ares' adultery was a banishment from Mount Olympus.
Ares was greatly esteemed in the city of Sparta, this is not surprising considering the city's strong militaristic culture. Ares was not all that widely worshipped but there were also sites with temples dedicated to Ares in Crete. In art Ares is most often depicted wearing full armour and a helmet and carrying a shield and spear and sometimes he is shown riding his chariot pulled by fire-breathing horses.
On the Blanket, Hooded Blanket, the chest-piece on the tops and on the one leg of the bottoms of the collection is a centrepiece with a stylised depiction of Greek pattern work surrounding the helmet of Ares. On the sleeve leading down from the chest piece on the sleeve is a depiction of Greek pattern work surrounding the Omega symbol and the defining symbol of Olympus and the twelve Olympian Gods. On the opposite side of the tops and bottoms and opposite side of the blankets is a bloody depiction of Greek pattern work surrounded by chains representing Ares' strength and bloodshed.
We hope you love this fierce collection just as much as we do and we can't wait to bring you so many more show-stopping designs!!
-Lunafide Team <3