Sonia Delaunay was a Jewish-French artist who, with her husband Robert Delaunay and others, cofounded the Orphism art movement, noted for its use of strong colours and geometric shapes. Her work extends to painting, textile design and stage set design. She was the first living female artist to have a retrospective exhibition at the Louvre in 1964, and in 1975 was named an officer of the French Legion of Honour. Her work in modern design included the concepts of geometric abstraction, the integration of furniture, fabrics, wall coverings, and clothing.

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‘We must thank Sonia Delaunay for her constant inventiveness, the discreet gaiety which she brought to women’s fashion, the agreeable way in which she covered the soft undulations of the human body with a geometrical architecture, and the rightness and unexpectedness of her colour contrasts. But at a time when the Exposition des Arts decorates appears to more attentive observers as a homage from all the countries of the world to the the cubist school, we give her our special thanks for having, pleasantly roundabout way, obliged the public to take an interest, against its will, in the most generous painterly manifestations of our time.’

In my opinion you can clearly see arts influence in her work, its like she has literally painted on the clothing and then draped into a garment to wear. The shapes and contrasts obviously match the period of the time and match what was happening in art, making her ahead of her time but you could easily now say that she borrowed from art to create fashion in this instants.


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