As an art history buff and sometimes painter, it’s always a thrill to see old world creations jump off the canvases and onto today’s fashions. In this case, the brushstrokes of the old Dutch Masters of the mid 1600s (a period known as the Dutch Golden Age) are influencing what’s in the stores today. Valentino was recently inspired by chiaroscuro (an Italian term for “light-dark” that references powerful contrasts in painting compositions), even placing a still life in the Fall 2013 ad campaign.
Of course, it all started 18 months ago with Dolce & Gabanna’s Fall 2012 show in Milan, which took a page right out of the Dutch Masters’ oeuvre. At center, a beautiful oil painting by Rembrandt.
The theme has already been appropriated by other designers, appearing on apparel, accessories and more. From left: Ted Baker floral tee and handbag; Zara’s floral jeans. Couldn’t resist buying the Ted Baker top yesterday! This print also showed up on shoes, scarves and blazer linings.
A fashion invite for a bridal runway presentation from from Claire Pettibone.
An oil painting at the Metropolitan Museum of Art by Jacob Vosmaer (1584-1641). It will be interesting to see how this trend evolves. Jewelry designers are putting their spin on it with bright flowers set against black metal. Until I get my hands of some of those, I think I’ll pay the Metropolitan Museum of Art a visit! See you by the Vermeers!
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