SIA interpretation: Lace designs by Isabella Catanea Parasole

It’s time for my interpretation of this Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge! This go-round, it was my time to curate, and I came across the lace designs of Isabella Catanea Parasole (1565-1625), an Italian lace designer and wood carver. She was the first lace designer to create a lace instruction manual for women, a manual called Il Teatro delle nobili et virtuose donne. There’s a brief bio and samples of her work here, plus many more pics of her lace instruction manual here at the Met website.

From inspiration to interpretation:

At first, I focused on the round lace designs, as they had first caught my eye when I came across Isabella Catanea Parasole’s artwork.

Lace design sheet, Isabella Catanea Parasole, ca. 1620

Lace design sheet, Isabella Catanea Parasole, ca. 1620

But then I spied my black-and-white paisley tunic in my closet, and the lightbulb went off! Here’s a collage of one of Parasole’s more ornate designs (top) and my paisley tunic (bottom):

Librarian for Life + Style | Style Imitating Art challenge, Isabella Catanea Parasole's lace designs, ca. 1620

Since my tunic was doing most of the work, the rest of my outfit came together very quickly. Again — and I’ve been saying this a lot! — I kept it simple with black skinny jeans tucked into my black high-heeled boots.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black paisley tunic + black jeans

Librarian for Life + Style | Black paisley tunic + black jeans

Librarian for Life + Style | Black paisley tunic + black jeans

I’m trying out my new lipstick color, a deep wine color called “Cabaret Blend” by Milani. The lipstick smells really good — like grapefruit?– and I loooooooove the color. However, the staying power of the lipstick is admittedly not as good as my long-lasting lipsticks and lip stains from Revlon and L’Oreal.

I wore pearl earrings and a pearl pendant necklace — white pearls this time — in order to keep with the subtle ombre effect of the tunic. I also chose a delicate silver bracelet with black beads, as seen below, for the way it echoed the scroll design that separates the two different paisley prints in the tunic.

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of silver-and-black bracelets

Librarian for Life + Style | Black paisley tunic + black jeans

Librarian for Life + Style | Black paisley tunic + black jeans

I liked this outfit for its striking simplicity. Plus, it’s pattern-mixing all on its own! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Black paisley tunic + black jeans

Librarian for Life + Style | Black paisley tunic + black jeans

Librarian for Life + Style | Black paisley tunic + black jeans

Weather:  Warmer (50s) and dry

Where:  Behind-the-scene day at work

What:

  • Tunic:  White House Black Market, old
  • Skinny jeans:  Banana Republic, last winter
  • Tall boots:  Rampage via Nordstrom, old
  • Pearl earrings:  Gift from colleagues in UAE, old
  • Pearl necklace:  Wedding gift from Sam, old
  • Bracelets:  Gifts from Sam, old

similar paisley tunic  //  exact black skinny jeans  //  very similar black tall boots  //  similar silver bracelet with black beads

Librarian for Life + Style | Paisley tunic collage

Still time to participate in SIA!

There’s still time to participate in this week’s challenge! Everyone — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! — is welcome. Just send a pic of an outfit inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to me at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by 10 p.m. PST tonight, Jan. 30th. I will then post the SIA round-up on my blog tomorrow.


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12 thoughts on “SIA interpretation: Lace designs by Isabella Catanea Parasole

  1. Mike

    This is great Jen! I love how your outfit all sort of comes together in terms of gradation, which is seen in your tunic; fantastic! The design of your tunic matches so well with the embroidery design found in the piece you’ve chosen. I’d say it’s a winner!

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      1. Mike

        You’re welcome Jen. It was a great look for you. My mom actually has a blouse that’s very similar to your tunic that she wore the other day. Seeing it made me think of our SIA challenge. 🙂

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    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      Thanks! It’s funny, every now and again I have an outfit or a piece in mind when I pick an inspiration artwork — but more often than not, I have no idea at first. This time, it took inspiration a while to strike — but I’m glad it did strike! 🙂

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