Even though Coppia del West isn’t quite finished yet, I’m just too excited about this new invitation design. Like Playa D’oro, Coppia del West celebrates the Mythic West: a time and place that never really existed (which makes it perfect material for Royal Steamline creations!).
Like most RS designs, Coppia draws inspiration from a variety of sources. However, one source in particular fascinates me: Puccini’s La fanciulla del West. It’s an Italian interpretation of the American idealized “West” — fifty years before the advent of the Spaghetti Western! Life, love and death are exaggerated as only opera can. And from the title alone, it’s inferred that the concept of a mythological “West” existed over 100 years ago. Amazing!
So as the strains of Spindrift‘s “The New West” mix with Puccini’s arias here in the RS Studio, we will soon post a finished version of Coppia del West.
Oh, one more thing. I tagged this post as Groom Style because I wanted to share another movie with grooms-to-be that inspires our invitations: Death Rides a Horse. If you are at all a fan of the genre, have a look at this great film. Directed by Giulio Petroni (and not Leone), it’s dropped off the radar of many fans. But I would encourage you to give it a chance. Interestingly, there are no female characters in the whole movie. As such, it’s more of study of men, the father/son relationship, and the patience and wisdom that comes with age. And somewhere in there is a message or two for men starting a new chapter in their lives as married men.
And Lee Van Cleef is twice the man at 43 than you or I were at 23.
UPDATE: Here is the finished invitation!
See the entire Coppia del West invitation suite here!