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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Violin Inspires the Fashion Runway

              Jean Paul Gaultier, Fall 2010 Haute Couture Show

                     Chloe, Violin Dress by Karl Lagerfeld, 1983 

            Stephane Rolland, Haute Couture Spring 2013 Paris

            "Le Violon d'Ingres" Inspires Fashion Collections

 "Le Violon d'Ingres", 1924 (left) is a iconic photograph by Man Ray, inspired by French painter,Jean Auguste Domingue's, "La Grande Baigneuse" (right). 
Both works of Art depict the beauty of the female form. Like a violin, Man Ray has depicted the similarities in lines and curves that exist on the female body. 
Just as Man Ray was inspired by Domingue, his photograph has continued its inspiration into such modern day collections as Viktor & Rolf, and Agatha Ruiz de la Prada.

          Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, Milan Fashion Week (2009) 

                                 Viktor & Rolf 2008, 2011

For those of you who may have followed my blog from the beginning, you would know that my first passion is the violin. I was classically trained in Europe and it is something extremely personal to me. For any violinist, a violin is like a relationship. Each violin is completely different and very much alive.
 It is even said to be the nearest instrument to the human voice, distinguishing genders by the different ranges of colors and tones capable by each unique voice. The inspiration is limitless and the voice is the purest form of emotion. It is no surprise, modern day fashion designers are continuously inspired by the beauty of a Violin.
                                         Violin Inspired 
                                   Shoes by  Kobi Levi
Specially designed for the "8 variations for Stradivari" exhibition at Cremona, Italy (May 2013), this style is Kobi's view of the classic instrument. The brown leather mimics the warmness of carved wood and with "strings" up the heel and F-shaped "holes" on the insole and sole, the transformation into a shoe shape is complete. 

                Corset Belt : Victorian Muse, mahogany leather


  1. It's great how one instrument has provided so much inspiration for lots of designers. x

  2. Hi Chantal!
    How are you? It's always great to hear from you!