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STREET FASHION INSPIRES ART

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Claude Monet, “Luncheon on the Grass” and a vintage, white cotton pique day dress at the Metropolitan 

Claes Oldenburg, “Two Dresses” at MOMA

The streets have long provided inspiration for artists. “Impressionism, Fashion & Modernity” at the Metropolitan Museum and “Claes Oldenburg: The Street and The Store” at MOMA in New York both illustrate the fertile ground historically provided by street fashion. In the mid-1960’s-1980’s, the Impressionists injected the vibrancy and allure of modern life as manifest in fashion into their paintings. Monet, Manet and Renoir, among others, were captivated as the emergence of fashion magazines, the advent of department stores and ready-to-wear emerged to crown Paris as the arbiter of international style.

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