Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Behind the Nica Bag: Art Nouveau (Part Two)

Fashion is a potency in art, making it hard to judge between the temporary and the lasting

- Edmund Clarence Stedman

Art Nouveau’s fascination has embraced not only art itself, but also applied art and fashion. 

Art Nouveau Jewellery Design sketches by Maurice Dufrene (Published 1937)

Recently, I have come across lovely Art Nouveau Jewllery Design sketches by Maurice Dufrene, a French decorative artist in late 19th century. This book beautifully organised his work reflecting a spirit of Art Nouveau: a return to nature, using organic forms, rhythmic curves and elaborate flourishes.

Pin, ca. 1890 Tiffany & Company

Pendant, ca. 1901 RenĂ©-Jules Lalique (French, 1860–1945)

Also, Art Nouveau inspired many fashion designers to use curves, spirals and organic patterns found in nature, which are still re-interpreted and re-produced by various fashion designers and artists. Its influence now becomes another unique style for contemporary designers and artists to reference and appropriate.

House of Worth 1898-1900

Valentino SS13 Couture

c. 1908 Irish Crochet Gown

Roberto Cavalli  SS 2013 RTW
Elie Saab SS 2013 Couture

Kerrie Luft, Footwear designer, who created her shoe design displaying her particular inspiration by Art Nouveau, states, “I’m often inspired by nature and the way things naturally evolve and grow which in turn has allowed me to realise the way in which nature has influenced everything from architecture to sculpture to furniture to fashion.”

Kerrie Luft’s footwears 2010

Have you found the Art Nouveau movement on the Nica bag?

Love Nica Kim xxx

Art Nouveau inspired street art

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