August 23rd, 2012 by Monica Murgia
Fashion, Food, & Art
If you’ve paid any attention to the fashion press, you’ll know that this season’s trend is everything Italian. So if you’re looking for great inspiration, be sure to check out my friend Alessandro’s blog, The Fashion Commentator
. He constantly delights me with the best of Italian fashion – great images, insightful observations, and the text is even bilingual! A few weeks ago, he inspired me to write today’s post. I hope you enjoy it, and be sure to check out his blog
and Facebook page
Alessandro always posts great images, but I was quite taken by this Moschino shirt. The sunny-side-up eggs were just so funny to me. Food and fashion have had a long-standing relationship, which I learned about from my friend Emma. She gave a presentation, Food & Fashion, at the CSA symposium back in May. Many textile and fashion designers choose prints that depict food. Miuccia Prada and Vera Neumann come to mind! (Interested in learning more about Emma’s presentation? Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Apple print shirt by Vera Neumann. Image courtesy of Emma Kadar-Penner.
Vera Neumann “Insalata” print for Crate & Barrel. Miuccia Prada “Banana” print. Images courtesy of Crate & Barrel and iloveartificial.blogspot.com.
After seeing all these textile prints inspired by food, I couldn’t help but see the resemblance to Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1527-1593). Arcimboldo was a Renaissance painter based in Milan. He created fantastical portraits where the sitter was made entirely of food.
Vertumnus, the Roman God of the Seasons by Arcimboldo, c. 1590. Oil on canvas. Image courtesy of Skokloster Castle.
Autumn by Arcimboldo, c. 1572. Oil on canvas. Private collection, Bergamo. Image courtesy of all-art.org
Summer by Arcimboldo, c. 1563. Oil on panel. Image courtesy of reproarte.com
These paintings always fascinate me. The level of skill and imagination it takes to create a distinct portrait comprised of food is something I can’t wrap my mind around. It also seems like Arcimboldo was predicting Surrealist art
back in the Renaissance.
I wonder if Prada and Moschino were inspired by Arcimboldo’s paintings, or if they just liked combining fashion and food. Either way, its fun!
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