We Can't Stop Talking About…Graphically Influenced Patterns

[Image above: Mara Hoffman spring 2009, influenced by maps]

I seriously cannot say enough about patterns. They have crept into my life from every angle. I love to draw them, see them, wear them, and print them over and over again. While I am not an organization person, I am a color and shape person. Art always seems to pull its influences from other things, whether it be sounds, people, nature, trash, the past, or other fields, art is never generated out of thin air. I have been astounded within the past 5 years at how much fashion and interior design have begun taking cues from the graphic arts world. While I understand that patterns and illustration have been around for years, it is astonishing to see how much the trends in fashion have gone from traditional to the graphical/technical realm. With advances in fabric printing techniques, weaving, and manufacturing, you can now literally wear anything on your clothing. Also with our daily investment in the digital world, we are more and more accustomed to the look of digitally- created objects. Take a look at some of the graphically-influenced clothing below, and appreciate their beauty and digital enhancement.

Continue past the fold to see more graphic patterns

[Image above: Suno ]

[Image above: (from left) Tracy Reese, Naeem Khan, Vivienne Tam ]

[Image above: (from left) Herve Leger, Mara Hoffman, Tibi ]

[Image above: (from left) Diane von Furstenberg, Cynthia Steffe, Diane von Furstenberg ]


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    Vasil 02/19/2009 at 3:16 pm #

    I love the model in the middle of Florals Patterns 🙂

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    lucie beluga 02/20/2009 at 2:35 am #

    wow this map inspired dress is awesome! love it, I like the belted naeem khan too

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    Diana 02/20/2009 at 12:39 pm #

    My mom was a model in the 70s and those Suno pictures remind me of some of the clothes and jewelry she modeled, and her partner in one series of photos. Love the bold ethnic patterns!

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    Natalie 02/20/2009 at 12:57 pm #

    Diana, you should submit those photos into us! I’m curious what they look like!

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    Ashley 02/20/2009 at 10:48 pm #

    marimeko is another big one…no?

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    Natalie 02/23/2009 at 10:59 am #

    Oh yeah! Marimekko is awesome! We sometimes carry some of their products, but currently we are out of stock. Bummer!

    Fortunately, we have many other awesome prints like this new dress: http://www.modcloth.com/store/ModCloth/Womens/Dresses/After+The+Rain+Dress

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