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Spring Fashion as Art (Nouveau)

Many designers drew inspiration from Art Nouveau for their Spring 2008 collections, including Prada, Alexander McQueen, and T-Bags—with brilliant results. We'll take advantage of this opportunity to present a mini refresher course in art history:

From Wikipedia: Art Nouveau (French for 'new art') is an international style of art, architecture and design that peaked in popularity at the turn of the 20th century (1890―1905) and is characterized by highly-stylized, flowing, curvilinear designs often incorporating floral and other plant-inspired motifs.

Above left: The work of Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939), especially as a poster artist, came to symbolize the full flowering of the style and the era.

Above right: Forever 21 adopts Art Nouveau's intricate forms in this beautiful sleeveless woven tunic with a floral crochet top and a waist tie sash ($22.80).

Are you inspired or tired of all the art-world influences in fashion for Spring?

Art Nouveau is fabulous but I like it as far as furniture, antiques and jewelry are concerned but not in fabric unless the pattern is subdued or make to look more like a wearable "pucci" print
#1 fdiary (Homepage) on 2008-03-11 09:00 (Reply)
Agreed, I would never wear that as a dress.
#2 Peaches on 2008-03-11 09:09 (Reply)
i think the dress is so pretty! it would be nice with some gladiators. very spring and boho-y.
#3 Lily on 2008-03-11 14:46 (Reply)
Get out! That dress cannot be from forever 21! I love it--the print, the crochet detail at the top, everything!

I love the Art Nouveau inspiration. The products are mostly amazing.
#4 Psyche (Homepage) on 2008-03-11 21:27 (Reply)
That dress is amazing!!!!
#5 Kathy (Homepage) on 2008-03-12 19:48 (Reply)
That is beautiful. :-)
#6 Lesha (Homepage) on 2008-03-17 21:31 (Reply)
The dress is fantastic!!! I love it!!!
#7 Peita on 2008-12-20 00:27 (Reply)
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