Fashionistas and artistas, come on in!
Welcome to my fashion haus. Joining Salazar at 14 Shades of Grey and Daenel at Living Outside the Stacks for what I think is their first Style Imitating Art (SIA) post of this shiny new year. For this fun series, fashionistas and artistas (and wannabes of both, like me) are given a work of art, sculpture, painting, poster, fabric, even old medicine bottles, as a prompt. And then we are invited to create our own look that reflects the color, texture, mood of the curated piece.
Often times, I get hung up on the color palette used in the art and can’t get beyond that. If I can ever get my ducks in a row, I would love to window shop and try on pieces that represent the feel of the art. But I don’t see that happening in the foreseeable future. Ha!
Style Imitating Art, Van Gogh’s Irises
The subject for today’s SIA post is a painting done by Vincent Van Gogh entitled “Still Life with Irises”. It was painted in 1890 in the post-impressionism style, oil on canvas.
My father liked Van Gogh’s paintings. Had several inexpensive prints in his office. When PC and I went to Paris, we were able to see some of Van Gogh’s work in the Musée d’Orsay. I photographed myself in front of one of his renowned sunflower paintings as my daughter Lauren had done on one of her trips to Paris several years before. I made a framed collage of the photographs for my father and he kept them on his desk.
When I moved my mom from her 2 bedroom apartment to the the little efficiency in December, we had to part with many of the things that had been in my father’s office for lack of room. It was sad to say goodbye to his Van Gogh prints. So this painting had a special meaning for me.
I love blue and yellow together. And feel that Van Gogh’s signature color is that rich, warm gold, seen here in the background and vase. And in the blooms of his magnificent sunflowers.
I used a scarf given to me by my BFF Sharon as the focal point of my interpretation. The colors, of course, reminded me of the flowers in the painting but so did the lovely, light fabric of the scarf. Almost gauze-like. And, had I not ironed it, the scarf would probably curl a bit like the delicate petals of the flowers.
I paired the scarf with a bright yellow cardigan, white long sleeve tee and green denim jeans. If it hadn’t been chilly willie this morning, I would have worn heels in order to better reflect the lightness of the irises. But the building where I work is unheated so practicality won out over fashion. Chose my new Moda Chics combat style lace-up booties with fur lining. Toasty tootsies.
Girls, these pants were so tight. I was embarrassed putting them on in front of PC this morning. Snug when I first got them at JCP, they are now a size too small. Can you see my extra 7 pounds from holiday eating? I sure can!
Tucked my tee into my pants…something I rarely do…and added my new leopard belt…out of necessity. My tee had those tiny little holes in it right at my waist line. Do you get those? What in the world causes them? Evidently I need a new white long sleeve tee but didn’t have time to change this morning without being late for work. So I tucked.
Stopped on the way home from work to take a pic at the foot of our Franklin Mountain range. The Franklins are just a few blocks from my home.
Geez, those pants! Can you say sausage casings?
If Money Were No Object
…my interpretation of this prompt would have looked quite different. It would probably have involved some kind of ruffled sundress, I am thinking the little Saks Fifth Avenue Tanya Taylor silk number below.
Paired with some kind of yellow kitten heel. Probably the Casadei
What would you put together as an interpretation of Van Gogh’s irises? Did any of you ever play with Polyvore? I really liked that app. It would let me create outfits I could never afford in the real world. Kind of a modern day alternative to the paper doll. Does anyone remember Betsy McCall paper dolls from McCall’s magazine? Really dating myself now. My grandmother used to cut out paper dolls for us, too. Sweet memories.
Thanks for joining me, girlsies. One of my bucket list activities is to get dressed any time I go out anywhere. Sounds simple enough, huh? No brainer? Duh! But I tend to throw on sweats and a tee to run to Walmart. And my ‘place of employment’ is not exactly somewhere most folks would dress up to go. But I want to wear my clothes that are otherwise gathering dust in the closet. So, this year, my fashion haus may be open quite a bit. Woo hoo!