Impressionism & Fashion

by Natalia G. Sans,

In music, in literature, in art… we associate impressionism with many disciplines, but have we never associate it with fashion? The Musée d’Orsay in Paris does, with its exhibition l’Impressionnisme et la Mode. The exhibition, which we will see up to 20th January, represents fashion with impressionistic traits. The light,  a fundamental point of the artistic movement, is also the center in their painted clothes. The shapes, just rest in the background.

But Impressionist paintings, as we can see, are not limited to rural scenes and landscapes: the human figure has also a special place in this movement and is taken as light: as it stands now, alive, in its frame. Again a the question rest in the air: can we still separate fashion from art? In this case it seems almost impossible, especially when we see that the contributors to the exhibition are the group LVMH, Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior. So it seems that Impressionist fashion paintings are almost as photographies which represent the clothing of an era.