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Style Imitating Art Fashion Challenge – “The Basket of Flowers”

June 17, 2024

I’m back again taking the Style Imitating Art Fashion Challenge after my previous attempt interpreting Mary Koop’s “Summer Sales Quickly Reached by Underground”. My attempts were well received and the consensus was that I nailed the brief. Here is the link to my post if you missed it – Style Imitating Art Fashion Challenge

What is the Style Imitating Art Fashion Challenge?

Style Imitating Art is a great idea to get creative and learn about fashion and art. It’s about pairing fashion with art. Earlier this year, Marsha joined Shelbee and Salazar as curators for SIA. They begin with a piece of art, create looks based upon that art, and share them on our blogs. Think of it as fashion meets art museum! Anyone and everyone is welcome and encouraged to join in on the fun. You don’t have to be a blogger to participate, either! Salazar is the curator for this round of SIA. I hope you’ll find some inspiration in this painting (or is it a drawing)!

This week’s Style Imitating Art

This week’s SIA selection was from curator Marsha (Marsha in the Middle) who has chosen ‘The Basket of Flowers’ by Frederick Carl Frieseke. I love this print which is calming and so remisicent of Impressionist artists such as Monet with it’s muted colours.

Who was Frederick Carl Frieseke?

Frederick Carl Frieseke (April 7, 1874 – August 24, 1939) was an American Impressionist painter who spent most of his life as an expatriate in France. An influential member of the Giverny art colony, his paintings often concentrated on various effects of dappled sunlight. – (Source: Wikipedia)

Frieseke was influenced by Impressionist artists such as Claude Monet and then later the Post-Impressionist artists such as Paul Gauguin and Pierre Bonnard.

About ‘The Basket of Flowers’

My research revealed that The Basket of Flowers was painted circa 1913/1917 and is an oil on canvas. A woman seated in an outdoor garden setting, surrounded by a lush array of flowers. She holds a basket overflowing with brightly colored blooms. The scene captures the essence of a serene, sunlit day, with the interplay of light and shadow enhancing the vibrant colors of the flowers and the woman’s dress.

My Style Imitating Art

When I first saw this prompt on Marsha in the Middle’s blog I knew immediately what I would be styling. The item I selected has always reminded me of a Monet painting and it’s colours are certainly reflected in ‘The Basket of Flowers’. My photographs don’t do it justice unfortunately.

My choice was this beautiful scarf which my daughter gave me several years ago. I love the muted tonings and wearing always makes me feel as if I’m in Claude Monet’s garden in Giverny, France.

So here is my take… you think I intepreted the prompt correctly? I looked at the image and of course immediately the colourful umbrella came to mind.

What would you select for the Style Imitating Art – The Basket of Flowers challenge? I’d love to see your photos or comments.

Please take a moment to pop over to see how the hosts have interpreted the prompt.

Sue Loncaric

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  • Reply marsha57 June 17, 2024 at 12:34

    That is a stunning scarf, Sue, and I think you nailed the challenge! I love the Impressionists so I have to make sure not to choose one next time! I’m glad you are enjoying this!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 18, 2024 at 07:07

      I love the scarf, Marsha and although I’ve had it for some time, I can’t bear to part with it. Thanks for the challenge. x

  • Reply Toni Pike June 17, 2024 at 16:26

    Hi Sue, I love that scarf – and you look fabulously chic

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 18, 2024 at 07:06

      Thanks, Toni, I do love this scarf and the muted colours. x

  • Reply Jo June 19, 2024 at 06:42

    Gorgeous scarf and I loved the info on the artist – this is not a painting or artist I was familiar with.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 20, 2024 at 11:31

      That’s what I love about this challenge, Jo. I’m introduced to artists I’ve never heard of. I’m learning as well as being creative and inspired at the same time. I hope I can continue as I enjoy the concept. x

  • Reply shelbeeontheedge1 June 19, 2024 at 19:22

    Your scarf is beautiful! The print is perfect for representing the painting. I really like how you kept the rest of your outfit fairly simple and let the scarf be the statement piece. Well done!


    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 20, 2024 at 11:39

      The scarf is a favourite of mine, Shelbee and I will be sad to part with it when the time comes. I’m enjoying the SIA Fashion Challenge and hope to join in regularly x

  • Reply mireille June 20, 2024 at 05:04

    I love the pretty print of your scarf! I always enjoy seeing how everyone styles the artwork.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 20, 2024 at 11:42

      The scarf is one of my favourites, Mireille and I’ve only recently discovered the SIA challenge. I’m really enjoying learning about artists I’ve not heard of and seeing their work. x

  • Reply Joanne June 22, 2024 at 03:14

    That is such a beautiful scarf!! You did a great job with the challenge.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 23, 2024 at 07:34

      Thanks,Joanne. The scarf is one of my favorites and I will be disappointed when I can no longer wear it. x

  • Reply Gail Is This Mutton June 22, 2024 at 17:59

    It’s such a beautiful artwork, I can’t stop staring at it. You’ve found a really lovely scarf that lives up to the picture. Thanks for linking!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric June 23, 2024 at 07:39

      I agree, Gail. The artwork is just gorgeous and I would definitely have it hanging in my home. The scarf is one of my favorites and I was happy I could showcase it. x

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