Life Imitating Art

March 20, 2011 • Magazine

Life Imitating Art

Life Imitating Art

Mon, 2000-03-20 01:00

Kate Michalowski

Every morning on my way to work, I walk past an art gallery where an abstract painting of the Chicago skyline lives. The colors and textures in this painting are like nothing I’ve ever seen, and I am perpetually enthralled by its vitality and imagination. So for this month’s affordable selections, I took my inspiration from some other spectacular works of art.

Gustav Klimt
Gustav Klimt is one of my favorite artists, and the movement in this painting always keeps me coming back for more.

I’m loving maxi skirts for spring, and this mix of colors immediately made me think of my old pal, Gustav.
Forever 21 Moroccan Print Maxi Skirt $22.80

Susanna S.
I came across this painting on my daily visit to the best site for original finds,, by Susanna S. and I just LOVE the way the red pops!

The print resembles a field full of crimson poppies, making this the perfect dress for a spring brunch.
Francesca’s Collection Spring Fling Dress $38

Vanilla Sky
Jovial, graphic bubbles evoke visions of lollipops, and my mood is instantly brightened by this Vanilla Sky acrylic painting.

This dress has a flirty shape and confetti print in the perfect summer palette.
AKIRA Black Label Thin Strap Dress w/ Tie in Pink $58.90

Salvador Dali
A warm color scheme develops feelings of intensity and anguish in this Salvador Dali piece, making it an old go-to for me.

This frock is the perfect companion for a sweltering desert sunset with its deep pinks, golds and oranges with a little sunburst just above the waist.
AKIRA Black Label Print Chiffon Drape Tube Dress $69.90

Typically, imitation is a huge no-no in the fashion world, but these inspiring prints are just begging to be translated to textiles.  

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