Fashion, including on the individual level, is an outlet for creative expression, which can also count a plethora of outside sources as influences, including street style blogs, advertisements, and magazine trend reports. Current artists in the fashion world have endless amounts of art at their disposal from which to pull for inspiration, with art inspiring art. Part Nouveau, a blog dedicated to unearthing these fashion inspirations, ranges from works of fine art (including one of the numerous editorials depicting Manet’s Luncheon on the Grass) to textiles from Alexander McQueen’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection adapted from a prolific 19th century textile designer. Below are just a few examples.
Above: (L) Vogue by Erwin Blumenfeld, November 1944. (R) Vogue Italia by Camilla Åkrans, March 2013.
(L) Vogue by John Rawlings June 1941. (R) Steven Meisel, Missoni SS 2009 Campaign.
(L) Vogue by Horst P. Horst, November 1939. (R) Vanity Fair UK by Norman Jean Roy, July 2010.
Ingres’s La Grande Odalisque. Vanity Fair by Michael Thompson, April 2000.
(L) LIFE Magazine by Milton Greene, September 1960. (R) Vogue by Steven Meisel, December, 2010
(L) Vogue Italia by Steven Meisel, 1988. (R) Vogue Paris by Mert and Marcus, 2009.
(L) Madame X by John Singer Sargent, 1884. (R) Vogue by Steven Meisel, June 1999.
(L) Queen Elizabeth I, The Ditchley portrait by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger, c. 1592. (R) Alexander McQueen, FW 2013.