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Anna Molinari

Giulia Bussinello

Source: Fashion Photography Archive 2015

Designer Biography

Yves Saint Laurent, Spring/Summer 1988 Haute Couture

Lorynn Divita

Source: Fashion Photography Archive 2015

Article

Throughout his career, Yves Saint Laurent famously drew inspiration from all of the fine arts, including painting, opera, the ballet, literature, poetry, and the works of Shakespeare. The influence of various painters on Saint Laurent’s creations dates back to his famous fall/winter 1965 “Mondrian Poliakoff” collection. His spring/summer 1988 collection, a tribute to cubism and impressionism and the work of Georges Braque and Vincent Van Gogh, was a natural fit into his oeuvre, with jackets embro

Kenzo Takada

Stephanie Edith Herold

Source: Fashion Photography Archive 2015

Designer Biography

Anna Sui, Spring/Summer 1995

Nadya Wang

Source: Fashion Photography Archive 2015

Article

Anna Sui drew significantly from the 1940s to put together her spring/summer 1995 collection. While the dresses and skirts were ladylike in their silhouettes, they were saved from being conservative by the rubberized chiffon Sui used. This translucent material made visible the bare breasts and light-colored boy shorts underneath, such as in a halter top and pleated skirt combination in matching prints that bared the midriff. Tropical daytime looks, which were emphasized with flower crowns and lei

Flowers in the Art of Dress across the World

Peter McNeil

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Global Perspectives 2010

Encyclopedia entry

When an object or motif is universal, there is a tendency to trivialize it. This is undoubtedly the case with the theme of flowers in its relationship to fashion and textiles. The floral motif is cross-cultural and ubiquitous but is connected in highly specific ways to different systems of social organization, personal adornment, and religious practice. The ways in which flowers and their representations are used highlight attitudes toward covering the body and adorning the head, as well as compl

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