Fashion Cover

Published on April 22nd, 2015 | by Gráinne Ahern


As pretty as a picture

Ever fancied looking like a work of art? Well now you can as we have rounded up the best buys out there so you can be your very own masterpiece. So whether you’re an Art Deco doll or a Pop Art Princess, pick your print and work it.


From the roaring 20’s to the depths of depression in the 30’s, art deco blazed on to the art scene with gusto. Known for it’s bold, angular, geometric prints, It infiltrated every visual sphere – from fashion to film. We love this swimsuit which is archetypal of the genre.


the garment – swimsuit, €57, Ben de Lisi for Debenhams. the inspiration – 1920’s Vogue US cover


If you are fond of florals, then be brave and go bold. Get inspired by the Mother of Ameican Modernism, Georgia O’Keeffe. Although somewhat out of flavour these days, her New Mexico landscapes and bloom filled paintings are widely considered to be modern day classics.


the garment: gloves, €125, the inspiration: Red hills with flowers by Georgia O’Keeffe


If petal power ain’t your thang go minimal with colour field.  Mark Rothko, the abstract expressionist, created his ‘multiform’ works later in his career. These visually striking works featured block colours on larger than life canvasses which became his signature style and best loved paintings. 


the garment: Neoprene dress, €162, the inspiration: Greys in Yellow by Rothko (1960)


Alas, only appreciated after his death, Paul Gauguin was a post impressionist painter who’s Tahitian works are widely considered to be his finest. The earthy tones and tropical highlights were a world away from the impressionist style that preceded him and were truly ahead of his time. Take inspiration from the master.


the garment: Swimsuit, €34, Next the inspiration: Matmoa by Paul Gauguin


Back to the 50’s for our final walking work of art.  Noone does pop art like the man himself, Mr. Warhol. From brillo pads to bananas, no household object was safe from his work at the factory. Commercialism and wanton consumerism always informed his art in which, the American dream was revered and parodied in equal measure. ‘What’s great about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest. You can be watching TV and see Coca-Cola, and you know that the President drinks Coca-Cola, Liz Taylor drinks Coca-Cola, and just think, you can drink Coca-Cola, too. A Coke is a Coke and no amount of money can get you a better Coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking. All the Cokes are the same and all the Cokes are good. Liz Taylor knows it, the President knows it, the bum knows it, and you know it.’


the garment: Crop top, €22.99, New Look the inspiration: Coca-Cola by Andy Warhol


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Gráinne Ahern

Gráinne Ahern is a Series producer/ director across all TV genres from documentary to entertainment. She headed up Ireland's most watched fashion magazine show, Off the Rails for three years and is now taking her love for all things sartorial online - enjoy!

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