Hello, and welcome to Style Imitating Art’s “Reveal Monday”. Today is the day that the hosts, unveil our interpretations of the chosen artwork.
What Is Style Imitating Art?
Style Imitating Art is hosted by Salazar of 14 Shades of Grey, Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge, and me. Style Imitating Art challenges us to draw style inspiration from pieces of art. Every other Monday one of us selects an inspirational image and we each post the image on our blogs. The following Monday we share our art-inspired outfits. The following Wednesday, the curator shares all of the submissions on her blog.
This Round’s Art Work
This round’s pick is “Ladies Having Tea” by Frederick Judd Waugh, an American artist who was active during the later 19th and earlier 20th centuries. This figurative painting is full of color, design, and texture.
This work was sent to me by my daughter who saw it in a museum she was visiting. Even though I loved the work, I was worried about how I was going to style for it.
I decided to go with a visually strong satin textured wrap as my focal point. This wrap had the right green has an rich print, which easily fits into this era.
I picked this piece up in the Spring of 2013 at a museum shop in Florida. It was one of those spur of the moment purchases and honestly, I’ve haven’t worn it much.
A Few of the Details-and I Do Love My Details
Finishing the Look Out
I’ve never been happy with any of the way that I’ve styled this wrap in the past. That might be why I’ve only worn it twice in pubic. Simply designed, it is an oval with two circles cut out for the arms. The Chartreuse green is spectacular, which is why I keep it around.
For this round, I went with a simple black column consisting of a pair of straight legged pants and a turtleneck top. I made this and at one time there was cape like part on the top that I removed, which makes it more versatile.
It’s body hugging, so there always has to be something over. Although I’ve only worn the top twice, I’ve worn the pants many times on this blog and probably for these challenges too.
On to the Accessories
Gold was used to accessorize. My Mary Jane gold/ brown tapestry heels are from Marc Fisher. The necklace is a second hand Stella and Dot from eBay. The gold leather (with and amazing egg shaped clasp) is a vintage Rodo, which was also found second hand on eBay.
The cuff, something that I wear quite a bit is by a Kansas City designer.
This styling let me see the light on what I need for my wrap. I need to make a ribbed knit maxi dress that is pretty narrow but has slits up the side. I envision a long slim tee-shirt with long sleeves. And, yes, it more than likely would be black. I have no idea when I could sneak it in my sewing schedule, but I think it would be great.
That sums it up for me for this round.
I hope you find something in this work that inspired you and didn’t mind the ramble into my sewing life. Send me what you come up with at firstname.lastname@example.org along with a small blurb on how the work influenced your choices by tomorrow.
I will do a roundup this Wednesday featuring all your designs. I hope that Abigale Rose has inspired you to put together something.
Take care everyone and stay creative!
I got curious about when I last wore this wrap and how I wore it. Finally, I found the photo. It was on January 29th, 2017. I looks like I pinned it at the top to look more like a jacket. I wish I had remembered that my Origami clutch by Anthony Luciano when so well, I would have used that for this round. I still have that black velvet skirt and that top too.
6 thoughts on “Figurative Print and Golden Accents for Frederick Waugh’s “Ladies Having Tea””
Terri! You nailed it with that wrap and the gold accessories.
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Thank you, Liz. But, I have this ribbed knit dress in my mind for it that I need to make.
Oh, I think this wrap is amazing and fits the brief so well! But, I can also see how it would be hard to style. Your idea of a ribbed knit column dress is fabulous! I love all of your details, too! I’m sending you my photo as soon as I’m done here!
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Thanks, can’t wait to see it.
The green wrap is perfect for this artwork, and I think you’re right about how it works well with a black column (this one and the dress you envision).
Oh wow, that wrap is gorgeous and so perfect for this challenge! I love the color and the beautiful print, but I can see how the shape would make styling it difficult. You did a brilliant job with it though. I adore this chic outfit and your shoes are amazing, too!
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