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Style: Contrast and Proportions

Style: Contrast and Proportions

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Getting dressed is like designing a room. The same principles that inform design, inform putting an outfit together. 

I feel that I can say, with a reasonable amount of certainty that the majority of good design comes from contrast.  Push and pull. Contrast of color, form, texture, material.  And that all good designers/artists/architects incorporate contrast, knowingly or intuitively into their work.  Have you ever been to say, the National Gallery in London or the Louvre in Paris and wandered by a whole bunch, yes bunch, of gorgeous religious paintings of the Madonna?  She's alway in blue right? Well, almost right.  If you pay attention, you'll notice that either her under robe or something the baby Jesus is holding is red.  That's because red makes the painting.  All the blue is fantastic, but the red makes it sing.  And its because of contrast. 

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Lets apply that to this this outfit I'm wearing.  Why does it work? Contrast and proportion.  I have on a big bulky sweater and a very tight dress with stockings and boots.  Reveal/Conceal.  Then there is texture.  Chunky knit, smooth tights.  Then you add interest.  Hard metal zippers on the boots.  The boots themselves are works of art because the silver zippers contrast with the soft suede, and what's more the shape alludes to a cowboy boot.  Cowboy meets rock and roll.

You can also see contrast at work in the Chaise Longue, the famous LC4 designed by Charlotte Perriand (yes, I'm going to leave out the two guys who also designed it, cuz hey they do that to us... Sorry Dad and John :)  Part of the Chaise's appeal lies in contrast of texture.  The hard metal frame with the softness of the pony hide cover.

Basically this is to show you that nothing is not considered.  I believe many people find fashion frivolous.  They probably find interior design frivolous.  Interesting architecture unnecessary. Paintings superfluous.  But without these art forms, we'd all be wearing beige clothes, living in boxy square rooms in huge beige apartment blocks, staring at blank beige walls.  Talk about the appocolypse.  So here's to getting dressed in the morning and embracing individuality. Yes, I took it there.

xo, Ginevra

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