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Dressing with...van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh, Starry Night Over the Rhone

Vincent Van Gogh, was a complex man. A black sheep of his family, he never felt truly a part of the "Van Gogh" name. If he could come to present day, he would insist that others refer to him as Vincent, not Van Gogh. Much Like Monet, Vincent had a wonderful, beautiful way of seeing the world around him. Unlike Monet, he was a bit crazy.

Crazy may be too strong of a word: he was misunderstood. A victim of his own interests. Vincent hadn't always wanted to be an artist; in fact, he originally saw himself as a man of God, called to be an evangelist, missionary, and Bible worker. His zeal was so strong that he actually was discharged from the monastery he submitted himself. His other-worldly dedication was too much for them.

Vincent Van Gogh, Sunflowers

Dressing with Van Gogh, Sunflowers

Rodarte, Spring 2012, rtw
Can you imagine if Van Gogh had been a fashion designer? I wonder what sort of magical garments he would have produced. I can easily see him skipping past menswear, and designing only for women. Couture only. The husbands of the women he would have designed for would easily become jealous - for Vincent would easily (and quickly!) have developed obsessions for the women who wore his clothing. His death would probably be by murder of an enraged husband.

Today, Vincent and his paintings still influences high profile designers.

Vincent Van Gogh, Starry Night
Yves St. Laurent hand beaded jackets, via the de Young Museum, SF, Yves St. Laurent exhibit '08/ '09

Rodarte, Spring 2012, rtw

Van Gogh, Self Portrait

So what do you think? Can you see the influence that Vincent still has today? 

Have a beautiful weekend lovelies! Be sure to check out my other Dressing with Artists posts!



  1. LOVE IT! I've always had a soft spot for Vincent. Poor guy :( People always gave him a hard time for the dumbest things...like the color of his room. Sheesh!

    I like what you did with those outfits. Beautiful and unique is exactly what V.V. painted and that's what you captured through these looks.


  2. I have always thought that Van Gogh should have been a fashion designer. Can you imagine? It would have been magic.

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  3. Hmm... wasn't Vincent" a song by Don McLean?

    I saw this movie called MIDNIGHT IN PARIS and I think you'd like it Amber. It's most fitting for a Francophile like yourself.

  4. Well, almost all great artist were black sheeps of their society

  5. You are a genius. I want every single one of these outfits. And each outfit embodies the painting PERFECTLY.

    I agree with Bonnie, Van Gogh would have made a kick ass fashion designer. Like, surreal.

  6. i really really love this, especially the sunflowers outfit! van gogh goes to sho that genius and crazy only go hand in hand haha. OMG imagine if he was a fashion designer...!

  7. Love this post! I can definitely see the influence BIG TIME! Why oh why did you post all of those gorgeous YSL rings??? You reminded me that I've been wanting one for way to long. :)

  8. Love the idea of taking wardrobe inspiration from the great ones' paintings! They def. knew how to use colors, for instance. And I adore those electric blue with black ankle boots!

  9. I love this post! Such a great idea, I love the outfit and painting combo. Thank you for your lovely comment!! <3



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