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Artwork as Inspiration
Inspired by Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s 18th-century oil painting, “The Swing,” we created an editorial that effortlessly combines the style and artistry of the late Baroque period, together with modern and elegant details. Considered a Rococo masterpiece, Fragonard’s painting depicts an unruly forest with variations of emerald and teal, which served as the foundational colours of our design. Drawing inspiration from Baroque aesthetics, Chateau de Villette, was the perfect property to bring our concept to life. Built in the 17th-century, this chateau embodies the ornamental and theatrical style of architecture, that is commonly found in Rococo technique. We chose the l’Orangerie as the backdrop for our table-scape; the stone walls added depth and juxtaposed boldly against the soft, delicate texture of the hand-dyed silk linens. The florals echoed the colour palette seen in the painting, and although ornamental in design, the arrangements still emphasizes a lightness and whimsical nature, which imitates Fragonard’s usage of light and shade in the oil piece. We added additional texture and playfulness to the table design by incorporating fruit and nuts. Every piece of crystal glassware, and gold tableware was intentionally selected to complement the thematic depth seen in Fragonard’s painting.
The calligraphy featured in our stationery design, mimics the scrolling curves typically found in Rococo technique; the gold ink reminiscent of gilding often seen in Baroque artwork. We deliberately chose jewellery that was less polished, therefore adding more character and movement to our flat-lay details.
Our couple is the modern aristocrat; fashion-forward and cultured, with a love for the finer details, and a weakness for old-world charm. The Milla Nova “Grace” bridal gown mirrors the subject’s pink dress in the painting; full of movement and drama, exuding elegance. For a more playful look, the “Tilda” gown by Alon Livné White offers excitement and romance, with a high ruffle collar, and a stunning over-sized bow detail at the back. Lastly, Alon Livné White’s “Huntley” jacket paired with a slim two-piece ensemble, evokes a more flirtatious and modern look, reminiscent of the risqué composition in Fragonard’s piece.
Unlike the optical illusions that are characteristic of Baroque frescos, we wanted to create imagery that exhibits real-life motion and drama, balancing modern and traditional elements seamlessly, to create our contemporary interpretation of the Baroque movement.