The 19th century is influencing our wardrobes this spring

In the 17th century, a scientist named Isaac Newton discovered that white light was a mixture of all the colours of the rainbow by producing a spectrum of colours while using a glass spectrum. He then created the colour circle we all know today. His discovery soon fascinated artists such as Vincent van Gogh as well as designers like Gucci.

Victoria Beckham designed her spring/summer collection by inspiring herself from some of Van Gogh’s paintings. He and other artists such as Georges Seurat were obsessed with colours and the science behind it. Burberry echoed a painting from JMW Turner by juxtaposing hues of cream and white in a graduate way.

In the 19th century, art was all about complementary colours. In other words, the colours that were opposite each other on the colour wheel were com

plementary. Victoria Beckham certainly used this wheel, created by chemist Michel Chevreul, for her collection. This spring, a nice combination of blue and orange is a way to see the world coming alive through fashion. Gucci also designed his collection by using Chevreul’s wheel. We can see a combination of bright pink and green. It could seem outrageous as these two colours are on the opposite side of the wheel, yet it is complementary and satisfying.

 

 

 

 

 

    However, designer such as Balenciaga and Alexander Wang decided to go against every rule of the colour wheel. They mixed and matched as they pleased. For instance, Balenciaga sent a combo of a bright pink dress with flashy purple tights on the catwalk. Wang chose a more subtle mix with a black dress combined with pink accessories. These designs definitively caught the eyes of journalists. Colours are very important to every season, especially in the world of fashion. This spring we can say

 

 

 

 

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