Monday, July 18, 2011

femme du jour: Sonia Delaunay

In her time, Sonia Delaunay was a star of the Paris fashion world, her name synonymous with other icons like Chanel and Jeanne Lanvin. Now she is best known for her contributions to abstract painting, but her avant-garde designs left an indelible mark on the fashion world

Sonia was born in Russia but moved to Paris in 1905 to study art. She soon married fellow artist Robert Delaunay and together they developed a style of abstract cubist painting known as Orphism. Sonia was revolutionary in her ideas that fine art should not be seen as more important than commercial arts and craft. She translated her painting style into every facet of daily life, including textiles, and fashion design and interiors, and was even commissioned by Diaghilev to design sets and costumes for the Russian ballet.

We are happy to see Sonia Delaunay reaching a new audience through a beautiful new book Color Moves: Art & Fashion by Sonia Delaunay, published by the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum. We are so inspired by her 75 year career that we put together a look for you inspired by Sonia and her characteristic bright prismatic forms.

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1. Drafting Shift Dress, Anthropologie
2. Seychelles Pot of Gold heels, Seychelles Footwear
3. Vintage Parasol, Free People
4. Poppy Watercolor Dot Ponytail Scarf, Coach
5. Color Moves: Art & Fashion by Sonia Delaunay, Anthropologie
6. Cloche Hat with Flower, Lori's Shoes

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