Monday, January 12, 2015

Impressionism and Its Influence on Fashion

Impressionism is a 19th century art movement that originated with a group of Paris-based artists who have been known for their outstanding landscapes and depictions of people using unique brushstrokes and techniques. Artists from this period include Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, and even Van Gogh leading into the Post-Impressionist wave that began later on in the century. To find books about Impressionism, be sure to look at the 759 section and the oversized book section in library. As people who were in opposition from the conventional art community going on in France with artists such as Poussin, the impressionists were seen as a group who pushed a new beginning of fine art into the next century. Many artists have taken inspiration from iconic works such as Water Lilies and Luncheon in the Grass, but it’s also interesting to see what fashion designers have been doing with it as well.

Christian Dior has put together an exhibition as part of the Normandy Impressionist Festival, taking inspiration from a multitude of works and transforming it into a collection which displays both the sensibilities and dramatic tone that is present in Impressionist landscapes. Also taking inspiration from portraits done by these artists, Dior has designed modern dresses quite similar to the ones in the paintings, such as his adaptation of Renoir’s Portrait of a Woman called Mme Georges Hartmann (1874). If you’re interested in learning more about this book, it is on display in the designer reference section. 

Posted on January 12, 2015 I Blog post by Thomas Goonan (student worker of the LIM College Library)