SIA interpretation: Melody (Musica)

It’s time for my interpretation of the most recent Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge.

Inspiration:

For the challenge, Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey chose the 1895/1897 painting “Melody (Musica)” by English painter Kate Bunce (1856–1927). Bunce was associated with the Arts and Crafts movement, but she was also influenced by the pre-Raphaelites, and you can see both styles in the painting.

"Melody (Musica)" (1895/97) by Kate Elizabeth Bunce is in the Public Domain

“Melody (Musica)” (1895/97) by Kate Elizabeth Bunce is in the Public Domain

Interpretation:

I knew I had to incorporate a floral pattern into my SIA outfit, since the floral pattern is so central to the inspiration painting. But I first thought of a different floral dress, the cotton floral dress seen here, and I was considering layering it under a red cardigan. But that combo felt a little uninspiring to me. And on the morning I planned to wear that original outfit, I spied my floral shirtdress, and the lightbulb in my brain went off. I’ve worn this shirtdress as a tunic over leggings before, as a zipped-up jacket over jeans , as well as a long cardigan over ankle pants. Remixing this shirtdress over another dress this time felt fresh and fun to me.

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral shirtdress layered over a red fit-and-flare dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral shirtdress layered over a red fit-and-flare dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral shirtdress layered over a red fit-and-flare dress

The woman in the painting is wearing ornate gold jewelry, so all of my jewelry is also gold, including a gold-and-crystal necklace, a gold circle ring, a gold-and-onyx sculptural ring, and a gold floral bracelet. The gold circle ring also ties into the circular mirror on the wall behind the woman in the painting. And finally, I doubled up on the floral with my cloisonné earrings. I quite liked the combination of a dark floral pattern paired with a light floral pattern. (You can click on each photo below to enlarge them.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of gold jewelry

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of floral cloisonné earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of gold circle ring and bracelet

Although the floral pattern of this shirtdress feels quite springlike to me — and you may recall that I have this SAME floral pattern in a peplum vest! — I felt like it transitioned nicely into autumn when paired with the red dress and black tights.

And a note about my flats — they’re new! My old black ballet flats had finally given up the ghost (they started cracking on the sides), so it was time to replace them. These new round-toe flats are equally as comfy as my old flats, and the quilted sides and patent leather cap toes add some unexpected texture-mixing to the classic shape. You’ll be seeing more of them, I promise!

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral shirtdress layered over a red fit-and-flare dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral shirtdress layered over a red fit-and-flare dress

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral shirtdress layered over a red fit-and-flare dress

Weather:  Autumnal chill

Where:  Work day, including reference desk shift and teaching

What:

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

Everyone is welcome 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, Salazar, at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by this Tuesday, October 23rd. Salazar will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, this Wednesday, October 24th.

Can’t wait to see what we all are inspired to come up with in the round-up on Wednesday!

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12 thoughts on “SIA interpretation: Melody (Musica)

  1. Mike

    You did a great job with your interpretation, Jen! Your red dress matches great with the red in the painting! And it contrasts well with the green background that you chose (just like in the painting)! It’s perfect! 🙂

    Reply
    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      Thanks, Ruth! I think the “double dresses” work since the zip-up shirtdress has such an interesting, asymmetrical shape, and the fact that it’s shorter in length than the other dress. Most people at work thought I had a short-sleeved jacket on, which was just fine with me 😀

      Reply
  2. mommyhon333

    Great interpretation! My favorite photo is the one where you look confident enough to take on Cleopatra’s Empire, the third from the bottom. I struggle so with thinking beyond matchy-matchy which is why I like the SIA series. It pushes me to think beyond just color.

    Reply
    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      I had to go back and look at the photo you meant, and that made me smile! Sam took that photo at a lower angle, which I think help gives it that “take no prisoners” kind of look. 😉 And SIA pushes me to think in different ways with style, too!

      Reply

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