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.
Originally titled Le Bain, (not to be confused with the nightclub) Edouard Manet’s Le déjeuner sur l’herbe or Luncheon on the Grass, was debuted in 1863 to rather mixed reviews ranging from laughter to outrage. Although Manet’s titillating picnic scene was in reference to Titian’s 16th-century painting Concert champêtre, which featured a similar composition of nude females amongst dressed men, Manet’s figures where not represented in a mythological or allegorical manner. In Manet’s version, the men are dressed in contemporary fashions of the period, suggesting a jarring realism.
Manet’s famous painting has been referenced by countless artists and photographers since its debut and continues to inspire to this day. In 2013, Dutch photographer team Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin recreated the famous scene for Christian Dior’s Fall 2013 campaign video, “Secret Garden 2 — Versailles,” a sequel the previous year’s “Secret Garden” video.