Wednesday, July 22, 2009


Gothic art came about due to the simultaneous development of gothic architecture. Gothic art emerged in France in the mid-12th century. Though it was all secular, to me it had a dark and eerie vibe to it.
Notre Dame de Paris

Amiens Cathedral, France Late 15th century

Styles from the Gothic art show the contrast of tight-fitting and draped sections in the construction of garments to emulate the contrast between hard stone and fragile glass in the cathedrals.

Ricardo Tischi of Givenchy has become known for his gothic glamour, as with this evening dress from the Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2006 show

Rodarte; Red and black silk chiffon; Fall 2008-2009


Still-life, by Portuguese painter Josefa de Obidos, c.1679,

Baroque style used at least one overgrown element to destabilize the natural figure whether it was high waistlines, huge falling collars and cuffs, shirt-wide breeches and so forth.

Balenciaga spring/summer 2006 had a lot of Baroque elements to it.

The Oath of the Horatii by Jacques Louis David

The module says "Neoclassical clothing was represented by high waistlines (empire waist) on dresses made out of layers of sheer fabrics arranged in draperies imitating ancient Greek and Roman costumes."

Christian Dior fall 09

Gucci fall 05 rtw


The module says "Romantic fashions opposed the balanced Neoclassic silhouettes by introducing unnatural waistlines at the rib cage and reintroducing the ballooning, Gothic-like "leg of mutton" sleeves."

Dior spring 09 couture


Claude Monet, soliel levant 1872

Berthe Morisot, Reading 1873

Impressionism brought about the bustle, amplified use of cascading lace ruffles and functional styles especially for women.

I would say that today's bridal fashion had a lot of bustle

Anne Barge
Balmain's 09 collection had a bustle-ruffle inspired look, the whole outfit and the colors obviously don't seem impressionism inspired.

Art Nouveau

The Peacock Skirt, by Aubrey Beardsley, (1892).

Art Nouveau was global inspired, it took inspiration from decorative arts from all over the world whether it be Japanese prints or Middle Eastern motifs. The result was flowing draped compositions with exotic motifs and color combinations.

Jean Paul Gautier Spring 09


The Persistence of Memory, Salvador Dali 1931

The module says "In fashion, Surrealism was about creating bizarre pairings of materials and objects in a garment or outfit."

Agatha Ruiz de la Prada fall/winter 09

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