Gladiolus pic via Photobucket. Gladiolus info via What’s My Birth Flower?.
Today’s outfit is inspired by the birth flower of August, the Gladiolus. Gladioli have sword-shaped leaves and bright, funnel-shaped flowers. The name “gladiolus” comes from gladius, the Latin word for “sword”. The is in reference to the flower’s sword-shaped leaves. This flower was the flower of gladiators in ancient Rome, where “the victor was buried under gladioli by cheering crowds in celebration”. Gladioli were presented to symbolize moral character, strength, and honor. Given as a gift, the gladiolus also represents “love at first sight”.
GLADIOLUS INFO & SYMBOLISM
TITLE: Sword Lily
TYPES: Over 260 species divided into winter blooming, summer blooming, and hybrids
ORIGIN: Tropical and South Africa
COLORS: Various solid and bi-colors including red, pink, orange, white, yellow, purple, and green
ZODIAC SIGN: Virgo (August 24 – September 23)
USES: Used to draw splinters from the skin and used as a powder in milk to treat colic
Here’s what I wore. Purple has been a big color for me this week. I love the combination of black and purple. The dress I wore is so comfortable and the only article of clothing that was needed. It’s the accessories that makes this look gothic.
Here’s my face. I used the same eyeshadow and silver pencil that I used in my Gothic Purple tutorial. I drew the tribal marking in the shape of a sword, since that’s where the word “gladiolus” comes from.
August is just about over with September right around the corner. And we all know what September means: Autumn! Besides black (obviously), purple and green are two of my favorite colors in goth fashion. What are your favorites?
Love & Shimmies,
ATS® dance move (fast): Arabic 1-2-3