The Delphos Gown


Art nouveau is one of my favorite styles of art and though it slightly predates the 1920s (which inspired the Gatsbylady dress I'm wearing), there is a certain synergy between the art nouveau movement and the flappers who came shortly after. Art nouveau was inspired by nature and natural flowing forms like those of plants and flowers. You can recognize a piece from this movement almost immediately by the lack of straight lines; instead of rigid structure the style embraces fluid movement in all applications from paintings of reclining figures in diaphanous gowns to jewelry with silver droplets that circle gemstones like dew and buildings with as many curves and twists as a chambered nautilus and ironwork that mimics the stems of flowers. This call back to nature and natural forms in art began in the 1890s and while flappers were a few decades away, there were women who craved the embrace of natural curves and forms in their style well before the 1920s. Women at this time were dressed in as much rigid structure as building scaffolding and the female form was exaggerated to unnatural proportions by the corset (the Edwardian corset was had a flat front that gave women an exaggerated s shape in profile). One designer bucked tradition was Mariano Fortuny, who created the Delphos gowns inspired by classical Greek sculptures and crafted into fine pleats. He created his first gown around 1907 and the unique dresses were made more shocking by the fact that they were meant to be worn without undergarments--partly because of course undergarments of the era were structured and bulky and destroyed the natural curves of the body. Today of course we can get the same natural silhouette Fortuny was inspired by with our modern undergarments. And all of this rambling is to say, today's dress by Gatsbylady reminds me of those elements of style. I love the gently curving beaded and floral designs on the dress which in an almost absinthe green also calls back to those Art Nouveau posters I adore.


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18 comments:

  1. You look so sophisticated, the dress really matches your style in a more formal way!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

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  2. G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S! That green is so springy and pretty with your hair!

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  3. Wow this dress is STUNNING! Yes, so very Art Nouveau! I love the accessories you paired it with, they look like a perfect match. You look stunning, just like a diva of the silent era!

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    1. thank you! I just need some sort of art nouveau purse now!

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  4. Really amazingly beautiful styled <3

    I love the dress in combination with your red hair!

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    Michaela
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  5. Oh wow, that is a super gorgeous dress. I love it so very much! I'm going to have to check out Gatsby Lady and see if they have it, or something similar, in my size. As always, your sets are absolutely beautiful.

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    1. They have this dress in a few colors and their size range is amazing! Definitely check them out!

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  6. Such a pretty dress, I love that green colour on you
    xo
    www.laurajaneatelier.com

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  7. I WISH I had some occasion for this dress! All about the Art Nouveau and that is fab!

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    1. I know! I feel like, here's my summer wedding dress for all the ones I'm invited to as a guest! Any excuse to wear it out :p

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  8. This dress is absolutely stunning! You are gorgeous!

    Linda
    Typically Linda || Instagram

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  9. Gorgeous dress and fantastic pics! :)

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  10. There's something Egyptian in that gorgeous neckline. And great setting for a Delphos gown : )

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  11. Wow, that dress is a stunner! Your explanation of Art Nouveau style made me think you might want to read a book I recently picked up called Fashion Plates: 150 Years of Style. Every fashion plate in the book is accompanied by a few paragraphs to contextualize the clothes, which I loved!

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