SIA Inspiration: Jean-Auguste Dominique Ingres

It’s my turn to host SIA, and I decided to pick a classical – or, rather, Neoclassical, piece:

This is the portrait of Comtesse d’Haussonville by Neoclassical French artist Jean-Auguste Dominique Ingres. I’ve always loved Ingres’s works, especially his portraits, for the exquisite way he mastered the different textures of fabrics (for example, you can clearly tell that the countess’ dress is satin, while her hair ribbon is velvet), hair, and skin. This one look simpler than some of his other portraits (“Portrait of Baronne de Rothschild” comes to mind), but it has a lot of beautiful colors – blue, red, gray, touches of yellow and brown, etc. – and details which I think would translate well into an outfit.

So, if you would like to participate in this week’s SIA, just remember to send me your outfit by next Tuesday, September 24th. Have fun!


Wine Red

For this week’s SIA, inspired by a poster for Cordial Médoc liqueur, I know I’d wear my maroon printed dress and heels, since their color perfectly mimics the red grapes in the poster. There is yellow in there as well, but neither of my yellow things – a scarf and a belt – looks right with the dress, so in the end, I decided to forgo the yellow and just added my grape bunch brooch to finish off the outfit. Besides, there are touches of yellow in the print of my dress anyway, so I’d figure it would do. All in all, I’m quite happy with how it turns out. Don’t forget to drop by Kim’s blog on Wednesday to see other interpretations of this poster!

SIA Inspiration: Cordial Médoc Poster

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

This fun poster is the work of Leonetto Cappiello, an Italian Art Noveau designer. Kim picked it for the “vivid grape colors and the happy look on the woman’s face” (that’s a happy drunk face if I ever see one), but I have no idea how I’m going to translate those vivid colors into an outfit… We’ll see. Don’t forget to send Kim ( your outfits by next Tuesday, September 10th. Enjoy!

Yellow-stemmed Flower

When I saw the inspiration for this week’s SIA – a piece of 1920s textile sample – I immediately knew that I’d wear these pants, as they are the perfect shade for the orange part of the print. The blue-and-purple print was a bit more difficult, as I don’t have a lot of purple in my wardrobe. In the end, I decided on my trusty embroidered blouse, which is my go-to whenever I want to add a touch of color to my outfit. And finally, I finished it all off with my blue suede loafers. The outfit seemed a little haphazard in my head, but after looking at the photos and comparing it with the inspiration, I have to say it isn’t half bad.

Don’t forget to check Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this piece of textile!

SIA Inspiration: Textile Sample

It’s Daenel’s turn to host SIA, and here is her pick of the inspiration:

It’s a piece of silk sample from the 1920s. It’s fairly simple, but the colors and the prints (flowers and butterflies) are really fun. I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with! Remember to send your outfit to Daenel ( by next Tuesday, August 27th, to be included in the round-up!

SIA: Star Catchers

Welcome to another week of SIA! As a reminder, this week’s inspiration is “The Star Catcher” by Spanish surrealist Remedios Varo:

Let’s get to our participants! First up is Mike, who braved the heat to wear a sweater (gods, even the thought of a sweater is enough for me to break out in heat rash right now), because it works so well to mimic the painting:

My SIA co-host Kim chose this amazing fringe cardigan to mimic the “flaming look” in the painting:

Up next, my other co-host Daenel managed to find a lovely gold top for her outfit – the lace and the color are spot-on:

Up next, Leslie chose a striped T-shirt and open-weave cardigan to represent the radiating lights in the painting:

And finally, here’s me:

That’s it for another SIA challenge. I love how everybody seems to go for a similar silhouette, yet how different all the outfits are. And that’s the fun of SIA! Make sure to come back next week for Daenel’s pick of the inspiration!

Star Catcher

So here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Remedios Varo’s “Star Catcher“. It’s not as… exuberant as the painting, but I did try to evoke some exuberance with my wide-leg, high-waist pants. The star of the outfit (pun totally intended), though, is this blouse. It’s printed with stars, so of course I had to build the entire outfit around it. I may not have anything in a checkerboard pattern, but this blouse is so perfect for SIA that I’m not complaining.

If you haven’t sent me your outfit, you still have until tomorrow. And don’t forget to come back on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this amazing painting!