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Chinoiserie

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Chinoiserie

Erin Burke

This month, inspired by Marguerite Duras’s The Lover and the upcoming Met Exhibit: China Through the Looking Glass, we revel in design stemming from the mysterious East.  As one of the oldest civilizations in the world, Asia has a long history of distinct art and tradition that has been borrowed and built upon by other cultures. We are intrigued by the ways the West has adapted Asian ideas and style to create interpretations over centuries.  

This week we delve into the beauty of Chinoiserie, the French word for ‘chinese-esque’ which came into favor in European culture in the mid to late 17th century and peaked in importance by the mid 18th century.  Generally assimilated into the Rococo period, it was the European take on Chinese motifs mostly used in the decorative arts.  

On the runways at Carven’s spring/summer 2015 show and Giambattista Valli we saw chinoiserie patterns coming back into the mix.

 

Photo credit:  Left interior, Pauline de Rothschild in her Paris apartment bedroom shot by Horst for Vogue UK, June 1969, middle interior from the home of fashion designer Erica Tanov photographed by Ngoc Minh Ngo, Runway L-R Giambattista Valli SS15, J.Mendel FW 15, Louis Vuitton FW15

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