Art Attack

Let me confess something to you: I don’t love fashion. I don’t read runway reports, I only buy the big September issue of Vogue, and I don’t really care to know who Rachel Zoe is. My relationship with fashion is one of appreciation: I love the idea of personal expression through colour, I love the notion that we can use clothing as visual representations of our identity: the times we live in, and the places we’re from. More simply, I love beautiful things. I feel much the same way about home decor. In fact, most of my decisions about fashion and design come from my deeper love for art and art history, in which I hold my degree. More than any magazine, that tends to be the driving force behind the way I decorate my home, and myself. I’ll buy a bed spread because it matches the Monet in my bedroom, and yesterday, I wore a red blouse with yellow flats because it made me feel like a Lichtenstein panel:

This look was a happy accident. I thrifted the red Evan Picone blouse from the Salvation Army on Saturday, mostly because it looked kind of like Minnie Mouse. I found that it tucked in nicely with a navy skirt, and only once I added the yellow flats did the Roy Lichtenstein girl come to life.

Like any good edgy art student, I was in a Pop Art phase for most of my college career (I kinda still am), so I was quite delighted by this pop art palette. If the image up top didn’t ring any bells, Lichenstein was a pop artist from the 1960s New York scene. He is the man behind the now-iconic recreations of vintage comic book panels, using hard lines, bold colours and half-tone (dotted) filling.

Given the subject matter I was referencing, it only made sense to top off the look with a bold red lip and a Betty Cooper pony tail.

This won’t be the last time I reference an art movement in my choice of dress – I thrifted a RAD Modrian-style mini dress the same time I picked up this spotty blouse, so you’ll have to stay tuned for the De Stijl edition of We So Thrifty. Don’t hold your breath for a Duchamp-inspirted outfit though (#artjoke).

One more fun fact to close out the post: The lovely notebook I’m holding was a gift from my friend Jenna, who dresses up dull notebooks with retro fabric and makes them look way more stylin’. Thanks Jenna!

14 thoughts on “Art Attack

  1. I don’t know how I haven’t discovered your blog yet? I’m sorry, but thank you for putting my little blog on your ‘enjoyable blogs’ list! Great blog, and I look forward to reading more.

    xo Leah.

  2. Love this post (especially the Betty Cooper, Archie comics reference) and more importantly, love the blog and your work. I have an itch to get back into the blog-o-sphere but keep stalling as I can’t decide on a ‘topic.’ In the meantime, I visit yours often for inspiration! :)

  3. I’ve been this autumn in a De Stijl exhibition here in Munich and am still fresh with memories… you have did a great effort in ‘copying’ colors of Lichtenstein and I loved how you matched your outfit (not only colors but also whole ‘combination’ to the painting)… the painting is still to be seen though, as it is part of standard collection of Museum Ludwig in Cologne…

    anyway, I am following you from now on

  4. I couldn’t agree more! Just came across your blog, and I share your sentiments about fashion, art and designers. I’ve been inspired to start my blog about fashion law- law school has put an abrupt end to my artistic side, but I always have fun with fashion. I could never afford real designer clothing, but sometimes that’s just where the best looks come from! :) I love your enthusiasm for vintage clothing, you wear it so well! Keep up the good work!
    PS- you’re a great photographer! Do you use a certain type of camera?
    -Tara :)

    1. Thank you! You’re absolutely right, fashion is an easy way to be creative even when you’re like me and haven’t had time to pick up a paintbrush or pencil in years. I’m using a Canon T1i. I love it! Perfect for a hobby-photographer like me.

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