SIA: Memorial Day poppy

It’s time for another Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge! It’s my turn to curate the inspiration artwork, and today is also Memorial Day in the United States. Memorial Day is a somber holiday, to honor Americans who have died while serving in the country’s armed forces. After World War I, the National American Legion adopted the poppy as their official symbol of remembrance.

The inspiration artwork:

Therefore, it felt fitting to choose this botanical illustration and engraving, “Papauer I ‘Morpheus’. [Memorial Day Poppy]” as this week’s SIA inspiration. The 18th century illustration is simple yet also bold, and you can read more about this hand-colored illustration here.

"Papauer I 'Morpheus'. [Memorial Day Poppy]" via Digital Public Library of America, public domain

“Papauer I ‘Morpheus’. [Memorial Day Poppy]” via Digital Public Library of America, public domain

For your sartorial inspiration, you could go bold with bright pops of color, or with a floral print, or even black and white to echo the butterfly’s wings on one of the leaves.

How to participate in SIA?

Everyone is encouraged to participate — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also welcome — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator, me, at by next Tuesday, June 5th. I will then post the SIA round-up on my blog on Wednesday, June 6th.


3 thoughts on “SIA: Memorial Day poppy

  1. Brenda N

    Great patriotic choice for today, Jen! My dad was a combat veteran of two wars & the American Legion red poppies never fail to stir up both my emotions & my pride in America. 🙂 Looking forward to the interpretations.

  2. Pingback: SIA interpretation: Memorial Day poppy | Librarian for Life and Style

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