Being an Art History Major I’m excited by even the slightest artistic reference in pop culture, interior design and surprise, surprise: clothes. While combing the Internet one day in search of the hottest up and coming, Toronto based design lines I came across one graphic t-shirt I instantly knew I couldn’t live without. Sure this t-shirt had faux chic leather sleeves and a trendy over sized fit making for a relaxed, artsy silhouette but it was the incredible rococo genre painting, The Swing, by Jean Honoré Fragonard that had me madly in love!
Rococo is one of my favourite periods in art. The decadence, the glamour the over-the-top luxury is pure perfection in my opinion and Fragonard’s painting captures the period perfectly. The scene evokes feelings of flirtation and romance as the feminine young woman on the swing is being admired by two competing lovers. The contrast between dark and light creates a mysterious and playful aura while the frothy whipped motion of the pretty pink skirts being kicked up high adds an element of intense scandal. Finished with all the fittings of any 18th-century-painting, Fragonard has decorated the scene with Cupid, angelic cherubs and elegant foliage. I’ll be honest reflecting back on my study notes on this painting actually has me itching to be back studying my favourite pieces (does that officially make me a nerd, wishing I was at school even though it is summer?) Bottom line? I am completely and utterly in love with this t-shirt as it features one of my all-time favourite paintings!!
I wanted to keep the main focus of this outfit on the painting and the t-shirt itself so I chose to pair it with simple black leggings and black riding boots. Accessory wise I opted for a free spirited purse with a few fringes and some hipster-esque midi finger rings. Hope you love this style as much as I do!