Monday, July 20, 2009

Fashion is feuled by historical art

HISTORICAL ARTISTIC STYLES AND THEIR FASHION COUNTERPARTS EGYPTIAN STYLE The following 2 garments are from Marchesa Resort 2009. They have a heavy influence of the Egyptian style, the long flowing skirts and gold trim, along with the gold sandals complete the Egyptian queen look. Below is a histirical Egyptian painting found on a wall, no name or date. The style of the garment in the drawing is reflected in the Marchesa garments. SURREALIST STYLE Below (top left), is a Shoe Hat(1937), designed by Elsa Schapiarelli, Schiaparelli was a designer who looked to another mediums of art for inspiration, her and Salvador Dali colaborated on many projects concerning surrealism. Her shoe hat is one of her many surrealist projects. (top right) A Lobster Dress, 1937, by Schiaparelli also in the surrealist movement. She used the image of the lobster many times during this period in her work. (Bottom left) Here is another surrealist dress by Schiaparelli, and as you can see it goes far into the surrealist idea of doing anything that comes to mind, it is her skeleton dress(1938), reminiscent of the lobster or anthropod spine. The Painting below is an example of Surrealist art, Salvaodr Dali, The Persistance of Memory, 1931. ROCOCO STYLE The following three garments are examples of the Rococo style being reinvented today. The bright colors and patterns reflect the gaudy, Neo-Classical style. The dresses are from Basso and Brooke Resort line 2010. The patterns and colors are extremely bright and Rococo. The painting that accompanies is what I think is the absolute best example of the Rococo painting style. It is frilly and extremely bright with all the colors of the period, and the girl's dress on the swing is vibrant and beautiful. Jean Honore Fragonard, The Swing, 1767, I thought the painting matched nicely with the garments from Basso and Brooke. I also included a Rococo interiorpicture, built in the 16th century, since architecture and interior decorating was such a huge part of the ornate Rococo period.
POP ART The three garments below are an excellent and fun to view example of Pop Art in fashion. The line is Philip Treacy Spring 2003 Couture. As you can see he uses head pieces and make-up to symbolize the art of Andy Warhol, who spear-headed the Pop Art movement in New York. The paintings below are by Andy Warhol and one is from the show 'New Paintings of Common Objects' in 1962 , titled; Marilyn Monroe. Andy Warhol, Self Portrat was done in 1986. Both are examples of the bold and simplistic ideas behind Pop Art.
These garments and headdresses are extravagant and beautiful and I want one. The three outfits are from the Chanel pre-fall line 2009. The are eye-catching and provacative and they emulate the Byzantine stlye wonderfully. The Byzantine style was marked by the use of heavy gold ornamentation and trim decoration. Also this was an extreemly religo=ious period and every painting was about some biblical scene or other. The heads of the figures in the Byzantine style are ususally surrounded by a halo or a gold ring, whichtranslates very nicely into Chanels vision for this line. Also I'dlike to point out the shoes on the girl in the top left picture, they look like the triming on a painting or the leg of a chair or throne, which were both often decorated or painted in churches during the Byzantine era. The art below is Simone Martini, Annunciation, 1333, tempera and gold leaf. I think it is a perfect example of the gold, ornate style of the Byzantine era. The heads are surrounded by gold halos and it is painted on a highly decorated wood screen.
These dresses are incredible, they look like they came right off the set of ROME on HBO. The colors and patterns and cut of the dresses give them a heavy Roman influence, including the heavy waist wrapping and loose style on the upper body. The patterns are very carefully chosen and remind me of old Roman walkways or architecture. They are from the Etro spring ine 2006. Etro has always had great patterns and ideas. The fresco below is 'Gardenscape from the Villa of Livia'(wife of Augustus), c. 10-20 BC. The gardenscape sums up the roman painting, it has free-flowing beautiful nouveau forms and it is of nature and all the colors from outside. It has obviously deteriorated some but the ideas and basic layout is still shining through. The Romans celebrated life much more than many civilizations that followed.
The YSL dress below is very famous and will never be forgotten. What a master of design YSL was to come up with this idea and execute it so perfectly in a dress, it is hard to make a perfect square across and femals body. The Mondrian dress is from 1965 and shows ssome of the artists theories, like only using black, white and the primary colors, also letting the black lines run off the edge represents Mondrian's idea of Neo-Plasticism. The painting is below, Piet Mondrian, Tableau II, 1921-25.
The three dresses below are also from YSL, Resort 2008 line. The patterns on the dresses are clearly an influence of impressionism, the pointalism style mixed with the pastel palletes. YSL has created in a wonderful new way though hasn't he? The colors on the dress are not tiny dots, they are big bold spots all cluttered together. Monets painting below is an example of impressioism where the colors and paint marks all runtogether to form figures, but not so in the dresses, they have just taken the style of painting and turned it into a wonderful pattern for fabric. The painting is called Sunrise by Claude Monet, late 1860's.
Impressionism - Sunrise, Claude Monet, late 1860's

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