SIA interpretation: Anna Atkins

Itโ€™s time for my interpretation of this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge!


It was my turn to curate, and I had recently come across the amazing botanical photographs of Anna Atkins (1799-1871), who is considered to be the first woman to take a photograph — and the first person EVER to publish a book of photographic images. Below is a collage of three of her cyanotype photographs, featuring ferns, leaves, and feathers. You can read more about Anna Atkins and her work here and here.

Collage of Anna Atkins' photography, 1843-1853 (public domain)

Collage of Anna Atkins’ photography, 1843-1853 (public domain)


Most of her cyanotype photographs are blue in color, but I especially love the ones that appear more purple. As I said in last week’s SIA announcement post, I thought there would be scope for prints and/or jewelry — and I did both! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple paisley dress + shawl

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple paisley dress + shawl

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple paisley dress + shawl closeup

This is a new dress from Lands’ End, in the classic “fit and flare” silhouette, that I got for my birthday via a gift card from my good friend Stephanie. This exact dress is still available!!! The print is a purple paisley — it’s a print Sam picked out — and I realized it would be PERFECT for this style challenge! The print reminds me of both the ferns and feathers Anna Atkins took cyanotype photographs of.

I added flower bead earrings to echo the flowers Anna Atkins also took photographs of, and of course, the purple tones coordinated with my monochromatic outfit. And of course, purple lip stain! ๐Ÿ˜€

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple paisley dress + shawl + flower earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple paisley dress + shawl

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple paisley dress + shawl

I added my purple shawl to both go with the purple monochromatic look, as well as provide warmth if I needed layers. I wore this dress for a dinner out with Sam and friends, and I was perfectly comfortable. I feel like this dress is one I can dress up or down, depending on the accessories I choose. Versatility for the win!

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple paisley dress + shawl

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple paisley dress + shawl

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple paisley dress + shawl

Weather: Warm with a breeze

Where: Out to dinner


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There is still time to participate in SIA, and here’s how:

Everyone is encouraged to participate โ€” bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! Just send a pic of an outfit โ€” selfies and flat lays are also welcome โ€” inspired by this weekโ€™s SIA artwork to this weekโ€™s curator, me, at by this Tuesday, August 28th. I will then post the SIA round-up on my blog this Wednesday, August 29th.

Also be sure to check out my fellow SIA co-hosts, Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey and Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks.

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12 thoughts on “SIA interpretation: Anna Atkins

  1. mommyhon333

    Spot on! I was reminded of Wedgwood or Blue Willow dinnerware when I saw these photographs. Your dress certainly captures the floaty feel to Atkins delicate pictures.

    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      Interesting… preppy AND vampy, a heady combination! Lands’ End has “updated” its fit-and-flare dress cut, which eliminated the waist band — but they still have a few things left in the “classic” fit-and-flare cut, which still has the waist band. Obviously, I still prefer the classic cut! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Mike

    Great job, Jen! I like how you added your purple shawl to create a monochromatic “purple theme” with your dress. Going a different route but staying true to the theme!


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