In order to make up for my long absence, and also because this is where my mind went, today’s post will be both long and a bit academically involved.
The history of art is marked by distinct styles, not unlike fashion, that take almost total control for awhile before being discarded in favor of the next trend. But the thing is, these periods of art live on, not only in our museums, but in the clothes we wear. Here are five distinct ones:
Gothic – High and Late Medieval Period
Gothic art and architecture is marked by intricate, layered designs, using flying buttresses and pointed arches to support high stone walls and ceilings. Gothic buildings often feel heavy, dark, and a little dangerous. The clothing counterpart is highly structural, layered, and voluminous (not the baggy pants and trench coats that sat in the hallways of your high school).
Wear: Long Wool Coats, Tailored Pants, Pointed Leather Shoes, Leather Driving Gloves
Rococo – Late Baroque – 18th Century
Rococo took all the grandeur and glitz of the Baroque period and made it more playful. Using lighter colors, asymmetric designs, and fluid curves, Rococo was just as ornate as Baroque, just lighter. The clothing counterparts are light-weight, airy, pastel, and patterned.
Wear: Open Linen Shirts, Pastel Paisley, Gold
Impressionism – 19th Century
Impressionism is one of those self-explanatory names, it is art that gives an impression. Rather than painting images with clear details, the Impressionists used pointillism or distinct brush strokes to capture the essence of a design or image. The clothing counterparts are small prints, complimentary colors, layered patterns.
Wear: Patterned Jackets, Patterned Shirts and Ties, Blues and Purples
Folk Art – Varied
Folk art is, by some definitions, the opposite of “Fine Art”, but work with me on this one. Folk art is art from humble origins, often untrained, and completely based on the culture of the place of its origins. The clothing counterpart is cozy, chunky knits, and casual.
Wear: “Tribal” Prints, Shawl Collars, Sweaters with Jeans
Pop Art – 1950s
Pop Art challenges old artistic traditions by using pop culture and mass media images to create art. It is easily distinguished by the use of bright and neon colors, geometric shapes, and repetition. The clothing counterpart is bright, bold patterns, and sleek lines.
Wear: Bright Colors with Patterns, Converse All-Stars, Slim Silhouettes
Are there any other art movements you’d like to see as clothes?