Ex-Minimalist Currently Seeking Chinoiserie For Long Term Relationship
A few months ago, while wandering around Paris in search of authentic French fashion, I stumbled across a shop whose display was so beautiful, I just had to stop and stare. Interestingly, it wasn't clothing in the window, but wallpaper.
de Gournay excels at creating whimsical chinoiserie prints. For some context:
"Throughout the nineteenth century, the arts of China and Japan were an inexhaustible source for design ideas. Chinoiserie, a pseudo-Chinese decorative style popularized by Europeans in the 1730s, reappeared during the Regency and continued into the nineteenth century."
- via The Met
I've been tracing the moments in the past few months that have brought about my recent transition from a minimalist to a pattern-loving, color-seeking, not yet maximalist, but one with a clear visual preference for more-is-more at the moment. I think I've located the origin of my new-found appreciation for color in this Vogue Korea editorial image featuring a pink silk kimono which you are probably tired of seeing and which I am still in hot pursuit of.
As for my new-found love of patterns? I think it was activated at the very moment I stood in front of the window at de Gournay. Because ever since, I've been so compelled by the rich dimension and opportunity for stylistic expression that a print can add to an outfit or a home. Plain and simple, it's just more fun to play with style when a print is involved.
Portraying the shift visually, I went from:
My initial reaction was to meet this shift with some caution. Was this the real thing? Just a fling? At first (i.e. a few weeks ago) it seemed a little harder to tell. Now I can say, I think this is here to stay for a while. First up on my list of things to acquire: a lovely silk printed chinoiserie-inspired something (very likely a robe). I'm on the careful hunt for something vintage, maybe even some old silk that I can take to my tailor to whip something creative up. I'll hunt in the usual places: on Etsy and e-Bay and I'll take my time until the right piece comes up. And if I lose hope of ever finding that lucky score, luckily for all humanity, de Gournay also makes fabrics in the case that one desires to coordinate their attire with their interior design. I'll start saving now.