Friday, July 17, 2009

Fashion Influenced by Historical Artistic Styles

Many modern-day fashion designers are inspired by historical artistic styles.


United Bamboo Dress with abstract print, 2004

This dress' print is abstract because it is comprised of geometric shapes and bold colors, and it does not reference anything other than simply the artistic form. The relatively basic silhouette does not distract the eye from the pattern.


Agatha Ruiz De La Prada
Milan Fashion Week 2009
Surrealist dress and headpiece

Surrealist art is based on a subject matter. This dress is surrealist because it is based on the eggs and bread. The dress presents food, which is unrelated to the fashionable setting, allowing the viewer to create his or her own meaning.


Alessandra Ambrosio in Rococo-style wings
2007 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

These wings follow Rococo style since they are overly ornate and decadent. The gold color and elaborate construction contribute to the overall look.


Elie Tahari silk dress with Impressionist print

This dress mimics the textural appearance of an Impressionist painting. Impressionism influenced the bright colors and somewhat blurred, indistinct floral pattern.


John Galliano for Christian Dior
Paris Fashion Week, Spring 2004 Couture

In Egyptian times, different amounts of fabric were used to indicate the wearer's status. Galliano nods to that custom with his use of a large amount of material. The tall headpiece and facial makeup are meant to reference an Egyptian who is of very high social status - probably a God or Pharaoh.


Reem Acra / Zac Posen / Chris Han
Embellished dresses, Fall 2008 and Spring 2009

Nicole Miller coat with Byzantine print, Fall 2006

The ornate, pixilated details on these garments make them resemble Byzantine art. Fragmented surfaces and heavy ornamentation contribute to the overall look.


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