Welcome to the first SIA challenge of 2017! As a reminder, this week’s inspiration is the sculptures of Gian Lorenzo Bernini. I guess it’s a bit more challenging than usual, which is why we have a small group this time, but each person has a different look, so let’s get to it.
First, we have Nancy, who submitted not one but two outfits – one inspired by the general look of the sculptures, and the other inspired by “The Damned Soul” in particular (did you know Bernini used himself as a model for it?) Way to hit it out of the park, Nancy!
Up next is Mike, whose Christmas sweater and khaki pants are the perfect fit for the color and textures of the sculptures:
Finally, here’s me:
Big thanks to everybody for participating, and don’t forget to check back next week for Jen’s pick. Here’s to another successful year of SIA!
I had to admit, when I picked the sculptures of Gian Lorenzo Bernini as this week’s SIA inspiration, I didn’t know what my outfit would be. I just had some vague ideas about an all-white or all-gray outfit, but that’s about it. Then, I watched the episode about Bernini on Simon Schama’s Power of Art again (amazing series, you guys should really check it out) and was particularly struck by “Apollo and Daphne“, so I decided to use it as the basis for my outfit. My jeans and sweater mimic the texture of the skin and the hair of the two figures, while my leaf-printed scarf is a nod to Daphne’s leafy fingers. The only part I’m not happy with are my white sneakers – they’re too sporty and don’t really go with the look. I should’ve just worn my brown boots and not worried about maintaining the white theme.
Sweater: Atmosphere, Jeans: local shop, Sneakers: hand-me-down, Scarf: gift
When my mom saw this outfit, she commented that the blazer paired with the brooch looks a little too old for me. To which I replied, “What you call ‘old’, I call ‘classic’.” Actually, I didn’t say that. I just shrugged and continued with my breakfast. That’s because I’ve always known some of my style choices are a bit “old lady” (especially the brooches and cardigans), but I always make sure to pair them with more modern-looking pieces (like the striped top and the boots, in this case) to balance them out. Besides, of course my mom would say that the blazer was too old for me. It used to belong to her!
Sweatshirt: Earth Music & Ecology, Blazer: hand-me-down, Jeans: H&M, Boots: Topshop, Brooch: local shop
Welcome to the first SIA challenge of 2017! Technically it was Erin’s turn this week, but she is still in the midst of moving, so we decided to switch orders around a bit – I’ll go first, then Jen, and Erin will be back once she has settled in.
One of my resolutions for SIA this year is to pick more interesting artworks. I just went through my SIA Pinterest board and noticed that it mostly features paintings of women in dresses. Pretty, but not particularly challenging. So, in an attempt to pick something a little off the beaten path but still classical, I present to you the sculptures of Italian master Gian Lorenzo Bernini:
This GIF set is from an episode about Bernini in the documentary “Simon Schama’s Power of Art”. I’m just going to quote the episode here: “No one before Bernini had managed to make marble so carnal. In his nimble hands it would flatter and stream, quiver and sweat. His figures weep and shout, their torses twist and run, and arch themselves in spasms of intense sensation. He could, like an alchemist, change one material into another – marble into trees, leaves, hair, and, of course, flesh.”
I didn’t pick a particular sculpture because to me, this challenge is about drapes and textures rather than shapes and colors, but feel free to pick one that speaks to you and base your outfit on it (here is the full list of his works.) Don’t forget to send me your outfits by next Monday, January 16th. I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!
Sorry for the no-show on Wednesday and Thursday; I just didn’t have anything to post. This year the Lunar New Year and the actual New Year (we sometimes call it the “Western New Year” or the “Solar New Year”, to differentiate) are so close to each other – only two weeks apart – so I’m in that weird twilight zone, like the one between Christmas and New Year, when you have no idea what day it is and what you’re supposed to be doing. Not a great feeling for creativity.
I think that translates into my outfit too. Everything is casual and practical, but then you get to the brooch and it’s a total needle-scratch. I have no idea what I was thinking when I put it on. Nothing, probably. Putting on a brooch is now almost an automatic action for me.
Sweatshirt: local shop, Coat: Atmosphere, Scarf: Forever21, Jeans: H&M, Sneakers: hand-me-down, Brooch: flea market