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SIA: Freja fashion plate

It’s time for another Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, and it’s my turn to curate the inspiration artwork.

Inspiration artwork:

I chose an illustrated fashion plate from 1886, published in the Scandinavian fashion magazine Freja (1873-1907).

In this illustration, I love the colors, the hats, and the variety of patterns and colors and textures when you look close. (Click on the image below to open up larger in a new window.) For me, the feeling and colors capture this time of the year. The scene also depicts family and/or friends, which feels appropriate as we look toward Thanksgiving in the U.S. next week.

Freja illustrated Scandinavian fashion plate, 1886, is in the Public Domain

Freja illustrated Scandinavian fashion plate, 1886, is in the Public Domain

Here’s 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 librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by next Tuesday, November 20th, by 10 pm Pacific Standard Time. I will then post the SIA round-up on my blog the day before Thanksgiving, on Wednesday, November 21st.

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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SIA: Pocket flasks

Time for a new Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge!

Inspiration:

This week, Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks chose a photograph of blown glass Pocket Flasks, made sometime in the U.S. between 1800 and 1860.

"Pocket flask" via The Met is in the Public Domain

“Pocket flask” via The Met is in the Public Domain

In Daenel’s own words:

“I chose the Pocket Flask because I like the colors of the different flasks, but it was the patterns that really intrigued me.

I love how the colors and patterns are so evocative of our autumn season. I can’t wait to interpret this challenge! 😀

Here’s how to participate in SIA:

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, Daenel, at livingoutsidethestacks@gmail.com by next Tuesday, November 6th. Daenel will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, Living Outside the Stacks, next Wednesday, November 7th.

Also be sure to check out SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey.

Can’t wait to see what we are all inspired to wear!

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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SIA: Melody (Musica)

It’s time for another Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, and it’s Salazar’s turn to curate!

Inspiration artwork:

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

As Salazar said, “the colors may be a little spring-y, but that’s the challenge, right?” 😀

Here’s how to participate in SIA:

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 next Tuesday, October 23rd. Salazar will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, on Wednesday, October 24th.

Can’t wait to see what we all are inspired to come up with!

SIA round-up: Cleopatra

It’s my favorite part of the Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenges — the round-up!

Inspiration:

It was my turn to curate the inspiration artwork, and I chose the poster for the silent film Cleopatra (1917) for its strength and seasonal colors. You can also read more about the background of the film, and Theda Bara’s star-defining turn as Cleopatra, online here and here. There is also a more brightly colored (restored?) version of the poster here, but I prefer the version below:

Poster for Cleopatra (1917), public domain

Poster for Cleopatra (1917), public domain

Interpretations:

SIA co-host and co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey chose a navy floral printed blouse to mimic the patterns on the poster, plus a pair of maroon jeans. Lovely!

Salazar's SIA post

Mike @ Post Card Purposes, a longtime SIA participant, also channeled Cleopatra’s no-nonsense, strong-armed stance and gaze. I love the colors he chose, with the blue shirt and burgundy long-sleeved tee.

Mike's SIA post

SIA co-host Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks chose to go with strong, powerful colors, or as Daenel put it, “Emerald green, ebony, and deep purple make me think of royalty and, well, Cleopatra… ” I am sure Cleopatra would approve of those purple velvet Mary Janes! 😉

Daenel's SIA outfit

Kim @ Fierce Fashion blog is back with an outfit she wore to the Dali museum. I love that Kim wore an art-inspired outfit to an art museum, so meta! Also, the textures in her outfit, jewelry, and bag are super fun!

Kim's SIA outfit

Jodie @ Jodie’s Touch of Style sent in a photo of her mom, Charlotte (the 80+ model on her blog), that they took over the weekend. Jodie was combining orange and brown with another color, and Charlotte added in her print jeans. I am LOVING the mix of patterns!

Charlotte's SIA outfit

Leslie @ Once Upon a Time Happily Ever After thought of several versions of an outfit featuring an autumnal floral blouse as the focal point of her interpretation. Leslie is asking her readers to vote on which interpretation they like best and then she will share photos wearing the most popular version. So check out her blog for more photos and info!

Leslie's SIA outfit collage

Finally, there’s me, also channeling Theda Bara’s steely gaze. You can see more of my outfit and lots more details in Monday’s post.

Librarian for Life + Style | Cleopatra SIA outfit closeup

Thanks to everyone who participated in this SIA challenge! I appreciated how Mike put it when he emailed me his photo, that “I think we all needed this one.” ♥


Be sure to check out my fellow SIA co-hosts, Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey and Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks. See you next Monday for another SIA challenge!