SIA Inspiration: Juan Gris

It’s my turn to host SIA, and I totally forgot that it’s Halloween next week, otherwise I would’ve picked something more appropriate! But not everybody celebrates Halloween, and even if you do, you may already have your costume planned (I’m not dressing up, but I know I’m wearing my Hellfire T-shirt with my leather jacket as an homage to Eddie) and I don’t want to interfere with that. Anyway, here’s my pick:

This is “The Guitar” (1914) by Juan Gris, a contemporary of Picasso and one of the major names in Cubism. I chose this because I like the contrast between the floral motif and the strong, graphic lines, plus the colors are spot-on for fall. So put together an outfit, send it to me by next Tuesday (November 2nd), and come back on Wednesday for the round-up. Have fun!

Film Still

So for this week’s SIA, inspired by Cindy Sherman’s “Untitled Film Stills” project, I knew I’d go black and white. The difficult part is to choose which image to base my outfit on. In the end, I decided to go with the image of the girl in the plaid skirt, because I have a similar one. My outfit is not an exact copy of hers – I added a waistcoat to darken it up a bit, to fit the look of the entire photograph, and my shoes are different – but I want to capture that schoolgirl feel of her outfit, and I think it worked out alright.

Don’t forget to check Shelbee’s blog on Wednesday to see what everybody wears!

SIA Inspiration: Cindy Sherman

It’s Shelbee’s turn to host SIA, and her choice of inspiration is a pretty unique – a series of black-and-white photos by Cindy Sherman, taken from 1977 to 1980, to mimic film stills of the 50s and 60s. There are over 70 images in total, but here are some of my favorites to give you an idea:

Right out of Repulsion, this one

This one may just be my favorite. Very Hitchcockian

You can see more photos and learn more about the project here, here, and here. You can pick just one image and build your outfit on that, or you can take inspiration from the entire project as a whole – it’s up to you! Just remember to send your outfits to Shelbee ( by next Tuesday, October 18th. Have fun!

Still Life

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by “Still Life with Nuts, Candy, and Flowers” by Flemish artist Clara Peeters. I went with a looser interpretation than usual – my outfit was meant to evoke the overall classical feel of the painting and the richness of it, rather than the precise details. Still, I couldn’t ignore them altogether. My shirt is to reflect the confectionery, and at first, I was going to wear my other floral waistcoat, but in the end, I chose my William Morris waistcoat as both a nod to the flowers and the elaborate engraving/embossing on the cups and pots. Plus, it’s the perfect match to my skirt. I was debating between this skirt or my olive culottes, which matched the painting’s background better, and decided I liked the look of this skirt more, even though it wasn’t perfect for the painting.

Don’t forget to check Terri’s blog on Wednesday to see what everybody wore!

SIA Inspiration: Clara Peeters

It’s Terri’s turn to host SIA, and here is her pick:

This still life is the work of Clara Peeters, a 17th-century Flemish artist. Terri wanted to focus more on female artists who practiced during a time when it was a male-dominated field (which sadly means almost all art history up to the 20th century), and the choice of a still life is really interesting. There are a lot of colors and details here – if you look closely, you can even see the artist’s reflection on the pewter pot, how insane is that?! Deadline to send your outfit to Terri ( is next Tuesday, October 4th, as usual. I can’t wait to see what everybody comes up with!