Inspiration: Flora & Fauna

0 Posted by - May 20, 2014 - Diary

Shell 1

On a recent trip to London I took a break from fashion and explored the Natural History Museum. I was in awe of the building before I even saw the animals. Carvings of flowers and animals were hidden in every nook and cranny from the birds nesting in the pillars to the monkeys climbing the arched ceilings.

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Beautifully illustrated plants and flowers decorated the ceiling too.

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Even when I’m not thinking of fashion, along comes some inspiration that I couldn’t ignore: the shapes and textures of coral and shell from under the sea.

The shells formed curving organic shapes that were perfectly formed.

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Some shapes would lend themselves well to frills…

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… and pleats.

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And then the textures of the coral would be beautiful in silk or chiffon.

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And then some were just as cute as a button, like these heart shaped cockles…

Hearts

And lastly a Wedding Cake Venus.

Cake