Pre-Raphaelite Paintings Go Post-Modern on the Runway

New blog Part Nouveau, or ‘partly new’, delves into fashion history to showcase the inspiration–be it art, photography or design–behind some of today’s biggest fashion moments. It’s fascinating and impossible not to get lost in, so we asked the site’s founder, Lilah Ramzi, to give us a little history lesson each week. This week's lesson? Pre-Raphaelite art makes its way to the catwalk.
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New blog Part Nouveau, or ‘partly new’, delves into fashion history to showcase the inspiration–be it art, photography or design–behind some of today’s biggest fashion moments. It’s fascinating and impossible not to get lost in, so we asked the site’s founder, Lilah Ramzi, to give us a little history lesson each week. This week's lesson? Pre-Raphaelite art makes its way to the catwalk.

New blog Part Nouveau, or ‘partly new’, delves into fashion history to showcase the inspiration–be it art, photography or design–behind some of today’s biggest fashion moments. It’s fascinating and impossible not to get lost in, so we asked the site’s founder, Lilah Ramzi, to give us a little history lesson each week.

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As one of the three founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, John Everett Millais, would create some of the most well-known imagery of the Pre-Raphaelite movement which looked to Quattrocento or 15th-century Italian art. Shakespeare often served as inspiration to the Pre-Raphaelites, famously depicted in Millais's 1851-52 painting Ophelia which portrays Shakespeare's tragic figure of Ophelia from Hamlet. In Act IV, Scene vii, Ophelia is driven out of her mind after learning her father was murdered by her lover Hamlet and she is found dead in a stream.

For Jean-Charles De Castelbajac's FW 2013 collection, the designer reappropriated several Pre-Raphaelite paintings in his collection, including Millais's Ophelia.

Ophelia by Sir John Everett Millais, 1851-2

Ophelia by Sir John Everett Millais, 1851-2

Jean-Charles De Castelbajac, FW 2013

Jean-Charles De Castelbajac, FW 2013

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