Sunday, July 22, 2012

{Style Inspiration} Orientalia

Thanks to the eternal appeal of the exotic, Oriental themes - known as "Chinoiserie" although it also includes Japanese influences - have been a recurring feature in fashion. From the kimono - wildly popular as loungewear and eveningwear during the 1920s - to Asian novelty prints in the 1940s to Cheong Sam wiggle dresses in the 1950s and 60s, the Orient has given western fashion classics which will always be in style.


1899

Japanese influences were prevalent in Art Deco design, which I drew on for my Art Deco Flapper Fans fabric design.



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1959

8 comments:

  1. Oh that modernistic kimono in the third picture - *swoon*! So gorgeous and bright. I've been thinking about acquiring (probably making) some fancy loungewear, so thanks for the inspiration :)

    Nikki x

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  2. I absolutely adore this sort of thing. I'd love to get hold of an old Kimono. Big Beautiful Barabra Brown has a rather lovely fan pattern fabric she uses for some frocks.

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  3. I am going to Malaysia for a month this summer and absolutely cannot wait to buy up as much new and old Chinoiserie as I can pack! I also love the Indonesian batik, it is very fun to clash the prints in the super hot weather there! xx

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  4. Love the images! and it's so relevant as so many designers are doing a lot of asian inspired prints.. Great post :)

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  5. I've been watching some vintage kimonos on Ebay recently - all far too expensive for me so far. But so beautiful! And I do love those bright frocks in the "Far East Colours".

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  6. There really is something so appealingly fun about adding a splash of the orient to one's look, and I just adore the pieces and images you highlighted here (especially those lovely frocks from 1948).

    ♥ Jessica

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  7. Thanks for sharing! Im obsessed with orientalist looks and I think it goes way back to decorating my room with Japanese masks and scrolls, even putting my mattress on the floor as a child!

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  8. I've read Edward Said's Orientalism and while he brings up some pretty salient points, I must say I vastly prefer vintage Orientalism!

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