The exhibition explores Klimt’s role as leader of the Viennese Secession and features Klimt’s paintings and drawings, but also explores design and life in early 20th Century Vienna through chairs, tables, cutlery and even toilet tissue holders.
Fans of Klimt shouldn’t miss the exhibition, but also fashionistas will find it very interesting. Klimt - who designed dresses for his partner, the couturier Emilie Flöge, and was in turn influenced in the colours and motifs of his paintings by her textiles - is one of the most quoted artists for this year’s Spring/Summer and Autumn collections: the blues and violets of Roberto Cavalli’s floral print silk dresses remind of the painter’s Portrait of Emilie Flöge;
though Galliano’s starting point for his Spring 08 Dior collection was the black velvet, low-cut gown and the attitude of Virginie Amélie Gautreau as portrayed in John Singer Sargent’s Madame X, his most sensational creations sparkle with the gold swirls and geometric patterns of the Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer and The Kiss, and with the vibrant reds and the lavish gold of Hygieia in Medicine.
...and the rich embroideries of Julian Louie’s tops and evening wear for the Australian Wool Innovation’s Protégé Project.
Fancy knowing more about the connections between art and fashion?
Check out my piece “Arty Fashion” on Zoot Magazine, Issue 10, Spring 2008, with pics carefully selected by researcher extraordinaire Manuel Arnaut.
"Gustav Klimt: Painting, design and modern life in Vienna 1900", Tate Modern, Liverpool, UK, May 30-August 31 2008.Member of the Boxxet Network of Blogs, Videos and Photos Member of the Boxxet Network of Blogs, Videos and Photos