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Diggin’ Delaunay

As the Tate Modern is celebrating a lady who is often praised in the art world and forgotten for her fashion, I too want to share a little love for Sonia Delaunay and her decorative, abstract design.

Known best for her use of colour, Delaunay had a creative harmony between form and the rhythms in colour that changed the game of fashion. I first came across her work post A levels, pre university, at college, where her illustrations ignited an excitement in me. The idea that the boundaries of clothes could be eliminated, meant the boundaries of fashion could be eliminated, and women could just wear art in the way Delaunay just painted a pattern over the top of a womens silhouette.

She boldly eradicated the need to colour in between the lines. Her work reminds us that fashion is art and in that she changed the rules for fashion and fashion illustration. She painted a world that broke the rules and gave us a game that no longer has any, making both the catwalks and the pages of fashion a whole lot more interesting.

Rythme 1938

Sonia Delaunay Art as Fashion

Delaunay Illustration

Sonia Delaunay Fashion Illustraion

Simultaneous Dresses

Mad Hatters

It doesn’t matter if you love the minimalist or the maximalist when it comes to headpieces, there is no denying the beauty of the hats, crowns and veils that have graced the couture catwalks for many years and since I have been pretty poor on the creativity front of late, I’m sharing with you some of my famous favourites, to get the ball rolling and the needle and thread out again.

Philip Treacy

Philip Treacy’s dark beauties

McQueen Bee

McQueen’s honeycomb headpieces

Paper Fashion

Katsuya Kamo’s paper fashion for Karl Lagerfield’s Chanel Haute Couture S/S 2009

Christian Dior Fall 2005

Christian Dior’s silver success

Piers Atkinson A/W11

Piers Atkinson’s distinctive Paris creations

Jean Paul Gaultier's 2010 Feathers

Jean Paul Gaultier’s 2010 feathers

The above images are not my own.