I visited the Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum recently and left completely inspired. On display were some of my favorite impressionist paintings depicting the rise of au courant ready-to-wear as an expression of modern life. Fourteen of the seventy-nine paintings are accompanied by the lavish costumes modeled for the likes of Monet, Manet and Renoir. I first fell in love with Bartholomé’s In the Conservatory at Musée d’Orsay last year, smitten by the gorgeous French windows and menagerie of plants in the greenhouse. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to view the painting again in New York. On this visit I discovered the intricate pleats in the dress’s skirt, a detail I had missed on my first visit when viewing the painting alone in Paris.
Those pleats have had my mind spinning with ideas ever since!
“The latest fashion . . . is absolutely necessary for a painting. It’s what matters most.” (Édouard Manet), is displayed at the entrance of the exhibit. Clearly fashion was a huge point of inspiration for these artists, and in return their art is tremendously inspiring for my work. Where do you find inspiration?