Going Baroque Style

Thank the Baroque movement for this fall's leading fashion trend. Expect textured fabrics, silk tapestries, and ornate details that render each day a grand exhibition.

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September 18, 2012 9:00 AM
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Living Masterpiece

Art history is always more fun when studied through the lens of fashion. This fall's curriculum calls for an intro to Baroque, the art movement of the late 1500s to 1700s marked by ornate details and gilded, decorative motifs. Using textured fabrics — think velvet and silk tapestries — designers like Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi manipulate light and shadows to dramatic effect (not unlike Rembrandt or Rubens). When worn, the resulting masterpieces render each day a grand exhibition.