Art and Fashion Inspiration at the MET Museum

There is one thing that makes Spring weather in New York even more inviting, it’s the opportunity to visit an Art museum. I would like to share my recent experience with you when I visited a long time favorite city landmark…  The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Where else can you go to find amazing worldwide collections of art from so many different eras in one place? There were endless pieces that I usually revisit and admire, but this time it was the “Fashion” that caught my eye. As I strolled the newly renovated American Wing and it’s galleries I couldn’t help but take notice of so many beautiful costumes. Some of these very aristocratic ladies were painted in elegant and elaborate dresses. The mastery of these paintings stands the test of time. The detailing of the fabrics, embroideries, velvets and color scheme captured by the artist are exquisite.

As One Style at a Time has posted in the past, the MET Museum is the home of the Costume Institute exhibits and the host of the biggest fashion events, The MET Gala in NYC. If you have not been able to visit any of their past Fashion exhibits, do not despair. Throughout this grandiose venue, you can find images that have inspired many generations. Here are a few of the American & French paintings that made quite a Fashion and Art statement for me. Lastly, before I left the museum I came across a sketch by George Romney that made me think about not just myself but also so many fellow bloggers. The woman sitting on a table holding a pen and paper was just the beginning of the writing process for so many in the past. Today it’s the bloggers that type away to express their thoughts and share so much valuable information. I wanted to share and dedicate that drawing to all those bloggers that work hard day after day on their blogs and sites. To all those talented writers….This one is for YOU!

Samuel F. B. Morse, 1836 (American) Oil on Canvas

Mrs. Samuel Cutts By: Joseph Blackburn (American), 1762 Oil on canvas

Mrs. Hugh Hammersley By: John Singer Sargent, (American), 1892 Oil on Canvas

Madame X (Madame Pierre Gautreau) By: John Singer Sargent  (American), 1883 Oil on canvas

Lady Seated at a Table by: George Romney 1734–1803 Medium: Recto: pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash Verso: black chalk, pen and brown ink