Monday, August 30, 2010

Art Deco

Art Deco is an eclectic artistic and design style which had its origins in Paris in the first decades of the 20th century. The style "originated in the twenties, embraced influences from many different styles and movements of the early 20th century, including Neoclassical, Constructivism, Cubism, Modernism, and Futurism.

                                                    Below, left to right, row by row: Carolina Herrera, Hussein Chalayan,
                                       Alberta Ferretti, Proenza Schouler, Hussein Chalayan, Alberta Ferretti, Etro, Chloe

Art Deco has being an inspiration thourghout the decades, in fashion,  architecture, jewelry  and interior .

Chanel collection


Holly Furton

Monday, August 23, 2010

Pop Art as an inspiration

 Roy Lichtenstein

Pop Art was a visual art movement that emerged in the 1950s in Britain and the United States. The origin of the term Pop Art is unknown but is often credited to British art critic Lawrence Alloway in an essay titled "The Arts and the Mass Media", although he uses the words "popular mass culture" instead of "pop art". Alloway was one of the leading critics to defend Pop Art as a legitimate art form.

                                                            David Hockney, Mr. and Mrs. Clark and Percy

 It was one of the biggest art movements of the twentieth century and is characterized by themes and techniques drawn from popular mass culture, such as television, movies, advertising and comic books. Pop art is widely interpreted as either a reversal or reaction to Abstract Expressionism or an expansion upon it.

   Andy Warhol

The movement was marked by clear lines, sharp paintwork and clear representations of symbols, objects and people commonly found in popular culture. It allowed for large scale artworks like Abstract Expressionism, but drew upon more DADAist elements. DADAism explored some of the same topics, but pop art replaced the destructive, satirical, and anarchic elements of the Dada movement with a reverence for mass culture and consumerism.

                          CLOTHING INSPIRED BY POP ART

Yves Saint Laurent

Andy Warhol inpired dresses

Jean Charles de Castelvajac

Mickey Mouse sneakers Jeremy Scott x Adidas

Friday, August 20, 2010


A garment of luxury and sacrifice,that is was essential to highlight woman´s breast , mold and shape the torso.



In the early 1800s, corsets were seen as undergarments of support for women and girls as young as four. Women were considered extremely fragile and corsets were thought to keep them standing upright. Organs became so deformed by the time girls hit their teens that they could not sit or stand properly without the aid of a boned corset. This is where Hollywood got the idea that women fainted often; but it wasn’t because of frailty but rather the inability to draw deep breaths of air. The higher a woman was in society, the tighter her garments were. Servants and working women didn’t wear them every day because their constraint made it hard to do even the mildest labor. And a loose corset was usually the sign of a promiscuous woman.

Nowadays corsets are a symbol of seduction, comfort. An exotic and erotic garment.

Issey Miyakes 1980 Autumn/Winter collection

Thierry Mugler, spring and summer 1992

Dolce & Gabbana, spring and summer 2007

Jean Paul Gaultier-Madonna-1990

Lady Gaga wearing a studded corset with some firelights

Dita Von Teese

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The little black dress


An affordable and versatile dress that can be worn for every ocassion, from casual to cocktail, A dress that will always be in style, and an important piece for every woman´s wardrobe. Fashion historians ascribe the origins of the little black dress to the 1920s designs of Coco Chanel.

Famous Little Black Dress

Portrait of Madame X

Betty Boop

Coco Chanel

Audrey Hepburn (The Breakfast at Tiffany´s)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

What is Fashion?

Fashion is something we deal with everyday. Even people who say they don't care what they wear choose clothes every morning that say a lot about them and how they feel that day.

One certain thing in the fashion world is change. We are constantly being bombarded with new fashion ideas from music, videos, books, and television. Movies also have a big impact on what people wear. Ray-Ban sold more sunglasses after the movie Men In Black. Sometimes a trend is world-wide. Back in the 1950s, teenagers everywhere dressed like Elvis Presley.

Who dictates fashion?

Musicians and other cultural icons have always influenced what we're wearing, but so have political figures and royalty. Newspapers and magazines report on what Hillary Clinton wears. The recent death of Diana, the Princess of Wales, was a severe blow to the high fashion world, where her clothes were daily news.

Even folks in the 1700s pored over fashion magazines to see the latest styles. Women and dressmakers outside the French court relied on sketches to see what was going on. The famous French King Louis XIV said that fashion is a mirror. Louis himself was renowned for his style, which tended towards extravagant laces and velvets.

Clothes separate people into groups.

Fashion is revealing. Clothes reveal what groups people are in. In high school, groups have names: "goths, skaters, preps, herbs." Styles show who you are, but they also create stereotypes and distance between groups. For instance, a businessman might look at a boy with green hair and multiple piercings as a freak and outsider. But to another person, the boy is a strict conformist. He dresses a certain way to deliver the message of rebellion and separation, but within that group, the look is uniform. Acceptance or rejection of a style is a reaction to the society we live in.

Fashion is a language which tells a story about the person who wears it. "Clothes create a wordless means of communication that we all understand," according to Katherine Hamnett, a top British fashion designer. Hamnett became popular when her t-shirts withlarge messages like "Choose Life" were worn by several rock bands.