Frau vor „Sonnenblumen“ von van Gogh (Woman before “Sunflowers” by Vincent van Gogh), Isaac Israëls, 1917.
A close friend of Vincent Willem van Gogh, the artist’s nephew, Israëls had a version of the Sunflowers on loan for a while.
A rubái (quatrain)*
“Sunflowers: I have seen them everywhere;
They are beautiful, this no one can deny;
But, surely it was Van Gogh who painted the truth
Of the sunflower and hung it on the wall.”
Rubāʿī (رباعی) is a poetry style. It is used to describe a Persian quatrain (a stanza or poem of four lines), or its derivative form in English and other languages. The plural form of the word, rubāʿiyāt (رباعیات), often anglicised rubaiyat, is used to describe a collection of such quatrains. The plural form of the word, rubāʿiyāt (رباعیات), often anglicised rubaiyat, is used to describe a collection of such quatrains.
For their Spring Summer 2015 collection,Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren, the Dutch design duo known as Viktor & Rolf, presented A-line dresses with floral patterns and appliquéd petals that were inspired by Vincent van Gogh‘s paintings.
“The essence of the countryside is translated into unexpected, sculptural looks that combine abstract graphic volumes with organic elements,” said the designers.
The show began with the most demure outfits, featuring black flowers outlined on white babydoll dresses. These were worn with straw boater hats with stalks extended from their brims.Every outfit shown in the Van Gogh Girls collection was more elaborate than the one before, with silhouettes becoming more dramatic and pastel tones introduced.
The hats also gained size and volume, with longer strands arranged into different splayed forms or woven into intricate patterns.Gradually the two-dimensional flower motifs were turned into 3D adornments on the edges and shoulders of the dresses.The headgear and dresses continued to merge, as colours became more intense and the decorative fabric flowers reached further from the garments.
White hems interwoven with thick black ribbon accompanied the floral embellishments, paired with sandals in matching prints.
Bright summer hues gave way to earthy autumnal tones, culminating in a final look where the dress itself curved out to become integrated with the giant straw headpiece.
All of the fabrics were wax-dyed and block-printed using a batik technique by Dutch fabric company VLISCO.
“This ensures an unique high quality print with craquelé indigo lines and intense vibrant colours on both sides of the cloth,” the designers said.