Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Building a Capsule Wardrobe by Starting with Art: The Apparition by Gustave Moreau

The reader who requested this was particularly interested in the black, olive and camel parts of the painting, so I've taken the liberty of cropping the top third in order to focus on the colors in question. I'm sure Moreau will forgive me, since I'm such a big fan!

Any Moreau painting cries out for an exotic and Byzantine wardrobe, but I wanted to keep things in the realms of the wearable, so I've opted for velvet, silk and cashmere in order to express the more exotic and sensuous aspects of the painting.

Pants – Etro, black silk tee – Piamita, velvet skirt – Nina Ricci, silk v-neck blouse – Hugo

Trousers – Etro, cardigan – Ralph Lauren, corduroy skirt –Viyella, sweater – Weekend Max Mara

Olive tee – Uniqlo, corduroy pants – Uniqlo, rust sweaterMarc by Marc Jacobs, silk blouse – Haider Ackermann

Accessories are where you can really express the ornate impulses that seem to spring from this painting (and what that character in the painting is wearing!) - silk, or paisley, with suede, and some beautifully detailed jewelry. Alexis Bittar jewelry seems to suit this aesthetic particularly well.

Black bracelet – Alexis Bittar, black earrings – Alexis Bittar, aventurine earrings – Allurez
necklace – Alexis Bittar, paisley scarf – Etro, ring – Heidi Daus,  rose gold bracelet – Kohl’s
long scarf – Hermes, short boots – Munro, suede boots – Taryn Rose



  1. I particularly like these color combinations and the fabric choices. Rust makes everything pop.

  2. I love this painting. Would you do a palette with black and the upper, brighter portion of the painting? Thank you!

    1. Black, blue, olive, and gold? (Similar to Dark Pool versions 1 and 2!)

    2. I second this idea; LOVE those luminous upper colors! I also think that La Grand Odalisque would be a wonderful palette for spring/summer.

  3. Its so nice to come back to this concept. I will turn to art and send along a request.

    Deb from Vancouver

  4. This is a great capsule for those who don't particularly like monochromatic outfits.

  5. Beautiful capsule, so rich! I especially love that rust colored silk blouse, what a pity that I can't wear that color without looking ill.

    I would love to see a wardrobe inspired by Paul Klee's Fish Magic. Deep blue is one of my most flattering colors, but I struggle to keep it from looking boring.


  6. That is stunning! While those colours aren't in my palette, I really appreciate the way they all pull together.

  7. Absolutely lovely! This happens to be the luxe version of the wardrobe I am building for myself. Thank you!

  8. Just gorgeous -- these are my colors and I will definitely use your work as inspiration!