Friday, 23 October 2015

Homage a Sonia

My visit to the Sonia Delauney exhibition at Tate Modern earlier this year (here), was very inspirational. As much as I loved the colour and rhythm of her paintings, it was her work in typography/graphics and fashion and textiles that I liked the most. 

I really do feel that her relocation to Spain at the onset of the First World War, and her having to adapt and apply her work to the fields of fashion and textiles, for financial reasons was actually the making of her. 


I did some research and looked at the impact that her work in fashion and textiles had on other designers in this field and these are the results.  

A Delauney simultaneous textile design scarf for Liberty's (above).

Delauney's black and white textile designs (above), could be seen as forerunners of Op-art and Bridget Riley's work from the 1960s. I love the way Christian La Croix has fractured his similar monochromatic Riviera design further (below), and given it a kaleidoscopic effect.

How fantastic are these embroidered shoes! It was great to see the actual things in the Delauney exhibition at Tate Modern.

This photograph is from Italian Vogue 1969. I do not know who the designer of the fabrics and clothes are but Delauney's influence is clearly all over it.

A 1923 Delauney fashion sketch with a Celine jumper from their AW 2010 collection.

A coat from Celine's AW 2012 collection compared with a 1925 Delauney design.

Striking patterns  from Ferragamo's AW 2015 collection which could be a Delauney simultaneous designs.

More Ferragamo for AW15 compared to Delauney's coat designed for Gloria Swanson.

These Junya Watanabe designs for SS15 are suitably fun, colourful and outrageous in their channelling of the spirit of Sonia.

Valentino Resort collection designs for SS15, embrace strong block colours and chevrons.

Model Laura Whitmore in Dsquared SS15.

These designs for Dsquared are brilliant! Loud and colourful, and an obvious homage to Sonia's paintings. I bet the movement, colour and pattern are really striking when they are worn.

Love these lively, rhythmic designs above by Ila Malomane who is apparently a relative of Delauney's.

And finally, above, my very own homage to Delauney - the first of a series of life-size Scissorhands Simultaneous dresses inspired by her wonderful paintings, fashion and textiles.