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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Drawing From History

(images from The Costumer's Guide to the Movies)

We recently took our two little guys to see Enchanted at the theatre. We don't often go to the movies, so this was a special treat for the whole family. They both just adored it! My youngest now wants the soundtrack so he can dance and sing along with Giselle. So cute! As a student of art history something seemed vaguely familiar about the dress the animated Giselle was wearing, but it was a fun, happy movie and I didn't dwell too much on it. Then I saw this comparison of her dress to the Art Nouveau illustration by Alphonse Mucha and I knew what my brain had been trying to dig up! Definitely some strong design influence there.

I wouldn't mind having something that gorgeous in my closet! :)

17 comments:

Alison Gibbs said...

Definitely some strong influence.
How wonderful that they enjoyed Enchanted.
Alison

Mary Timme said...

Strong influence known as copying a good thing and making it yours, it would seem to me. What exquisite taste to copy such a classic.

Lori said...

your son sounds like a cutie...i'm glad you enjoyed the movie...is it me or is anyone else faintly disturbed the the "ladies" in animated movies for children nowadays all look like sex kittens??? just wondering...

The Rose Room said...

I wouldn't mind the height and curves to put in it:) Rachael

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catie

Heather said...

wow! beautiful!

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Sugar Bear said...

Yes - definitely influence there! I love the movie too. It's one of my new favs.
Karla

decadentdiamond said...

I love the fact you noticed the clothing in the movie, it's exactly something I would do, then I would concentrate on how it was constructed, what the inside is like etc etc, then get completely lost in what's going on! .. that dress is beautiful, I love Art Nouveau (and Deco).

Michelle said...

Dyllan and I have seen the movie twice now and I'm ready to "own" it on Dvd! I also want the sound track and that pop-up book!
I constantly have that cute song from the park in my head!

bluemuf said...

I really enjoyed the movie. I'm so impressed that you made the connection about the dress. Way to Go.

Karen

Monica Yvette said...

Oooh! Mucha is one of my favorite artists. Isn't his work gorgeous? I hope you are well:)
Monica

NeereAnDear said...

Wow very strong design influences indeed.... I love those flowing types .... too bad I cant wear them ...but definitely beautiful to look at and admire

HUGS

JO

Jen said...

Wow, impressive connection! Nice catch. One definitely can't go wrong with the classics, that's for sure. Art Deco/Nouveau/Moderne is so beautiful and graceful...I'm a big fan, too.

Also, I agree with Lori. This is a trend I noticed quite a few years ago myself...it's pretty annoying. The "classic" Disney heroines were beautiful, but hardly had the unnatural Playboy-esque proportions today's animated ladies do.

eva said...

This dress is absolutely gorgeous! I`d love to have it too :) Maybe not in pink though....
And I`ll probably go and see the movie soon!
Thanks for recommending :)

Jen / MintTrim said...

That IS an interesting comparison!

Mucha is my favorite artist. I wish his "Job Rolling papers" print wasn't so popular with college kids. Half the prints in my house are Mucha, but I hate it when people recognize the artist from the rolling papers and absinthe ones!

Lady Jess said...

Hi! I found your blog in a search to find out how to do my hair like Giselle's from the movie (Enchanted, of course).

Anyways, I saw this post and the one about the blue dress and that just seems a little sad to me. Maybe Disney thought that no one would ever find out. ;) Oh, well. That's pretty cool, I'll confess, that they made the dresses so much like the paintings. I wonder if they had to get permission to copy those dresses.