SIA round-up: Lace designs by Isabella Catanea Parasole

One of my favorite times of the week — it’s time for the Style Imitating Art (SIA) round-up! And we have a FANTASTIC round-up today! 😀

It was my turn to curate, and I chose lace designs from 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. (She published the manual under the name Elisabetta Catanea Parasole.) 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.

The inspiration:

Here are samples from Parasole’s lace design manual:

Lace design sheet, Isabella Catanea Parasole, ca. 1620

Lace design sheet, Isabella Catanea Parasole, ca. 1620

Lace design closeup, Isabella Catanea Parasole

Lace design closeup, Isabella Catanea Parasole, ca. 1620

Lace design sheet, Isabella Catanea Parasole, ca. 1620

Lace design sheet, Isabella Catanea Parasole, ca. 1620

The interpretations:

First up is Nancy from Nancy’s Fashion Style, who immediately thought of her white crochet dress. I thought that was so smart, to go with crochet lace! Plus, her bracelet (snakeskin?) is super cool.

Nancy's SIA outfit

Please join me in welcoming Gail from Is This Mutton?, as this is her first time participating in an SIA challenge. Great to have you here, Gail! The challenge really took her out of her comfort zone, as she hadn’t worn a maxi skirt for years, but she liked the lacy, flouncy feel of this one. And pattern-mixing polka dots! LOVE.

Gail's SIA outfit

Next is Michael, who put together TWO outfits, to show the tonal range of white, grey, and black. Looking good, Michael!

Mike's SIA outfits collage

SIA co-founder Salazar from 14 Shades of Grey picked the most perfect lacy tights EVER for this challenge. (And she actually layered TWO pairs of tights, one black pair beneath the lacy pair so the design would pop. Wow!) Salazar also chose the brooch and the shoes for their lacy details, and she used her dress as the dark background to make them stand out — just like in Parasole’s prints! 😀

Salazar's SIA outfit

Jodie from Jodie’s Touch of Style, I believe, is participating in SIA for the first time. Welcome! Her blog has such a unique focus:  With the help of her step-mom, Nancy (the 60’s model), and mother, Charlotte (the ’70s model), Jodie (the 50’s model) showcases style for women aged 50 and beyond! When Jodie saw the lace design inspirations, it reminded her of Nancy’s embroidery on her coat. Which I think we can all agree on, is a FABULOUS coat — for any and all ages!

Nancy's SIA outfit

Leslie from Once Upon a Time Happily Ever After was inspired to pair a lacy textured scarf with a polka-dot embroidered button-front. Y’all know how I love mixing prints and textures! ♥ And the neutral colors of the scarf add a real warmth to the outfit.

Leslie's SIA outfit collage

Kezzie from KezzieAG had to take a selfie — owing to the lateness of the hour — but I lightened up the pic so we could get a better look at her lovely Edwardian-inspired sweater with its lace-work detailing. 🙂

Kezzie's SIA outfit

Rabbit Style News is back with an awesome combo of a black dress and black lace jacket. Stunning! I also love how, in her blog post, she points out that the grey and white blocks on the quilt design board behind her are also a subtle nod to the inspiration artwork.

Rabbit Style News SIA collage

BONUS ENTRY! 1/31/17

This is a late add, but after seeing Alison’s FAB dress on her Instagram today, I asked if I could add her to this week’s round-up. I mean, how perfect is her dress for this challenge?! She’s had this skater dress for years, and the fabric is that stretchy scuba kind of fabric. LOVE.

Alison's SIA outfit

Finally, there’s my interpretation. My floral paisley tunic is doing all the work, so I kept the rest of my outfit simple with black skinny jeans and tall black boots. You can see more close-ups and details in yesterday’s outfit post.

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

Thank you to everyone who participated in the SIA challenge this week! It was amazingly diverse, with so many awesome prints and textures. Fabulous job, ladies and gents! I hope you’ll all return for the upcoming SIA challenge. Speaking of which…

Next SIA challenge

Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey, Erin @ Loop Looks, and I are the three co-hosts of the Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenges. Next Monday, Erin @ Loop Looks will choose the next inspiration artwork — stay tuned! 🙂


12 thoughts on “SIA round-up: Lace designs by Isabella Catanea Parasole

  1. Mike

    Wow! Awesome job everyone! All of the grays and blacks are terrific! I love SIA challenges like this. Everyone did great, as always, and I look forward to the next challenge.
    And welcome to SIA Gail and Jodie! Hope you’ll join us for future challenges!

  2. robjodiefilogomo

    It’s so interesting how you can take one inspiration and have so many interpretations about the same piece!! That’s the wonderfulness of style, I think!!
    What a great roundup!! Thanks for including my step mom & blog! I can’t wait to see what’s next!

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