Sunday, September 27, 2015

Piet Mondrian and Yves Saint Laurent


 Piet Mondrian is a painter who is known for geometric paintings in primary colors.
He is a favorite of mine.

Below is his 1930 painting Composition II in Red, Blue and Yellow.



Mondrian's paintings inspired the French couture designer Yves Saint Laurent. He made a collection of dresses based on Mondrian's  work in fall 1965.

One dress in particular from this collection has become a fashion icon and was on the cover of Vogue. One dress like this is owned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art,







Jen Wrenne made a pattern for doll dresses, copied after the Saint Laurent dress. I was inspired by this to make my own. Her pattern was not available on Etsy when I was ready to purchase, and in any case it did not fit American Girl dolls.

I am a quilter, so it was easy to whip up my own design. I did have to eyeball the proportions, but I think I did pretty well. 

I had trouble finding a picture of what the dress should look like from behind. Pantalaimon from American Girl Collectors found the reference picture that I needed.

This was so much fun to make. I giggled the entire time I was sewing it.

Here is the dress in progress:



Here is my finished dress!





I am very happy with it and I really had a blast making it.





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