Posts Tagged ‘Fashion and Art’

Elie Saab, Spring 2010 Couture (Credit: Style.com)

Spring 2010 couture is all about the surface design of the fabric. I’m not talking your run of the mill prints—no, this is in a whole new direction. This year, fabrics mimic paintings. Evoked through flowing watercolor-inspired chiffon and the layering of colors, this new style creates the appearance of brushstrokes. This trend appears in the Spring 2010 couture collections of Elie Saab, Anne Valerie Hash, Jean Paul Gaultier and Valentino. Coincidentally, the New Britain Museum of American Art is hosting the exhibition The Great American Watercolor opening April 24 and running until July 3rd. The ethos of this current trend can be seen readily throughout the breadth of style and technique in many of the pieces that will be on display.



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Nancy, the Artist’s Daughter, ca 1915. George de Forest Brush (1855-1941). Oil on wood panel, 37 x 28 in. New Britain Museum of American Art, John Butler Talcott Fund and Mrs. H. Bowdith, 1947.01.

Taking a flip through The New York Times’ Style Magazine, there is a clear repetition, or rather, re-occurrence of certain trends that we know, thanks to the accurate documentation of fashion through art, have been around for quite some time. Some of these styles have been derived from the bourgeoisie—the over-the-top decorative manner of those who could afford to spare no expense—while some have far more humble origins—the simple and accessible fashions of the day-to-day people.

This year, well, as in every year, fashion has reached back–way back–for inspiration in creating some of the hottest trends right now. (more…)

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