The Artful Utilitarian


Most people who know me understand my love of art history, architecture, and all things fashion of course! However, they would also tell you that I have an adoration for Impressionism, portraits, and above all Bauhaus art. Even at a young age from initial sketching to learning techniques from my seasoned professors I knew that it would be one my favourite eras to study.
Engineers and architects run in my family, so it wasn't too far off the structured ladder when I gravitated toward fine art with fashion thrown into the mix, which in time would also be the blueprint of my occupation.

I remember sitting in design class ... most times my inspirations were not as direct or literal as the average pupil, it wasn't a rebellious act nor was it intentional. It was just my interpretation. Occasionally abstract, sometimes acutely defined within the brushstrokes, and often with an underlining significance for everyone to relate to.

The Inspiration:
This outfit: a men's army shirt that I clumsily spilled loads of paint on one day, which is one that I wear quite often during my crafty studio sessions and sewing projects. With its pockets and roomy silhouette it's very useful for studio creations, as there aren't any constrictions or fit related seam issues.

The paint spill resulted in making a heart somewhere in the doodling process. It also reminded me of a building-block game, the artwork of Alma Buscher (1924). Buscher created popular children's toys that were balanced in proportion and easily defined for a child to comprehend. What can I say, even in paint smears I see more than colours embedded in my seams!



Fashion Tales
Photos: Top image: artwork by Ladyofashion, Alma Buscher image: Layofashion's art book collection from Taschen's 25th Anniversary special edition-Bauhaus


The goods: Men's shirt-Smith's, Tunic-Roxy, Messenger bag-Delia's NY, Shoes-BDG/Urban Outfitters


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61 comments

  1. Hi :) Thank you so much for visiting me :)
    xoxo

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  2. Beautiful dress! Love how you connect fashion with architecture!

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  3. GlamKitten8829 August, 2012

    Mmmmkay -- Totally obsessed with your jacket.  It is too perfect for Fall!



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  4. Adeola Naomi Aderemi29 August, 2012

    Love love the dress!
    Great look!

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  5. Oh to Be a Muse29 August, 2012

    Very nice art work at the top, and your Roxy tunic looks very similar to it. Loving the arm jacket as well--paint spill and all.

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  6. Seekingstyleblog29 August, 2012

    Love the top!

    xo Jennifer

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  7. You look amazing. I LOVE your jacket and the dress is awesome.

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee 

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  8. Hi sweetie, Thank you for all your lovely comments on my blog, I am always so grateful. I love this look, the mens army shirt is a really cool piece and I really love how it looks over that striped dress, the colours really compliment well. Cool inspiration to, I always enjoy reading your posts! :)

    Take care, Daniella xox

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  9. Amazing inspiration and look!  I am an art lover too :)

    xoxox,
    CC

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  10. Veshoevius29 August, 2012

    Engineers and architects run through my family too (and art historians through Mr V's!)
    Cute dress! And the shirt makes a very sexy coverall!

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  11. What a cute look.  The tunic is pretty.  And it's great when we draw inspiration from fields faraway.

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  12. Nicoleta_buru29 August, 2012

    This look is suuuuuper cool. I love your military parka :)

    Gladly follow you, dear. I would be really very happy if u could follow me too.


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  13. francesca r29 August, 2012

    Do you know what I like about your posts? That there is always a great story behind them....I like this dress a lot!
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  14. Sam Frills and Thrills29 August, 2012

    Hi dear, your lovely outfit perfectly plays out the striped inspiration, the dress is adorable.

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  15. I love how inspiration can come from anything! Love the jacket over that cute tank dress :)

    Trendy Teal

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  16. loving your jacket!

    xo www.aroundlucia.comwww.aroundlucia.com

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  17. Anna A Hodge30 August, 2012

    oh my goodness, you look so fabulous. Obsessed. If you get a sec, I'd love to hear your thoughts on my latest outfit post and interview with the stylist of Pretty Little Liars. xo

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  18. The Dainty Dolls House30 August, 2012

    Beautiful, love the interpretation! I think you got it spot on and the dress is gorgeous. Love Art History (well, one should if they have a degree in it, shouldn't they!?! haha) Love this post :)) Hope you have a great day doll xx

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  19. Love this outfit purely because I love stripes, so easy so stylish. You must Le Corbusier... I had a brilliant book on modernism and the Bauhaus movement. Love the artwork!
    x.o.x.o

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  20. Cool post! Love the idea of getting inspiration from art.  Home decor is a great place to get fashion inspiration too :)

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  21. Armato Valentina30 August, 2012

    Hi, I have a question for you: I'd love to join storets.com fashion blogger program but I'm not able to find their banners..where did you get your banner? Thank you!

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  22. That army shirt is so awesome! I have an obsession with camo/military colors, so you are totally speaking my language with this look!!  :)

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  23. and then it was like, BAM! Check out this dress. loveeeeee it

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  24. AlexisGrace30 August, 2012

    This look is so my style- I absolutely love it!  Especially the vintage shirt.... gives it such easy personality!

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  25. clara turbay30 August, 2012

    Always
    inspiring with tasteful and subtle details.

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  26. Love it all, including the paint spill. It just takes it to the next level :) xoxo

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  27. What a beautiful striped dress !!! LOve this outfit

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  28. Okay, so this is inspiring me to try a version of this with my closet--I have my mom's old Air Force jacket and a striped dress that needs to play with it. (I suspect your version looks a bit better than mine will, though!)

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  29. Thechicsisterscloset30 August, 2012

    You look great, I like how you styled the outfit!
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  30. you look really cute, love ur combo!
    hugs+kisses
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  31. Thanks so much for stopping by earlier and for your nice comment!  I am loving your blog dear and see that you have a lots of talent!  Love this dress and that awesome jacket over top!  You have a new follower now!  Keep in touch!  xx  Pip

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  32. Thank you so much!  Happy Friday! :)

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  33. How wonderful! Yes, having engineers and architects (or historians) in the family definitely brings forth inspiration! Enjoy your weekend!

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  34. Thanks for the lovely compliment Pip! Glad to have you as a reader!  Happy weekend!

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  35.  haha! aww, thank you! I really appreciate it! Do give it a try! xo

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  36. Thansk Alessia! Have a great w/e. 

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  37. LOL, you're the best! I can almost see you saying this! Thanks Elle! xx

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  38.  Thank you dear! Yes, love this movement .. very inspiring to me. Wishing you a beautiful weekend. xx

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  39. Thanks for your comment! :)

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  40. Aww, I really appreciate that wonderful comment Francesa. Glad that you are inspired with my posts. Have a lovely weekend. 

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  41. You're very welcome! And thank you so much, ditto! -xx Happy weekend Daniella! 

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  42. Hello Armato! Great! If you cannot find it still, you should be able to click on the icon on my sidebar. Perhaps, just copy and paste it! Hope that helps!

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  43. Thank you so much Kizzy! Have a great weekend. xx :-)

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  44. love your dress and jacket! 

    we finally got gfc, now following you! would really appreciate it if you followed back :)

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  45. love the simpleness of the dress, the shape is pretty simple but it looks amazing, fabulous idea with the shirt 

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  46. Josie Franske31 August, 2012

    What great interpretation of your inspiration!
    xo Josie
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  47. Such a pretty look! I love the colors and how you styled it.

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  48. Mimi Writes31 August, 2012

    i love this outfit! it looks comfy and super stylish! :D

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  49. i love this outfit, i'm digging everywhere to find the perfect army inspired oversized shirt. love it with the dress and totally see the relation to the toys. 

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  50. I´d call it a "hot" military street look. so fab!

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  51. I love this look!  The badge on the sleeve is the perfect touch!

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  52. Beautiful photos and post!!! thank you for your comment!
    Would you like to follow each other?
    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

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  53. I LOVE how you've taken something inspirational and made it immensely wearable. Nice! 

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  54. I love this look! That dress looks really comfortable and I love the striped print paired with the jacket, great colors!

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  55. Love the inspiration :) The outfit turned out great!

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  56. If you're a professional with lots of papers, pens, gadgets, and small personal items, look for a bag with many pockets inside the main compartment. Bags that have small pouches on the outside tend to spill out when you set them down.

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