Klimt and the Fashion World

October 30, 2009

Gustav Klimt (1862 – 1918) was an Austrian Symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession movement. His works were called symbolist as his entire paintings used to covered with myriad symbols.

But what made Klimt’s paintings a major attraction was their abstract air of beauty. His works were highly decorative, dense in the surface and beautiful and strange.


This combination of strangeness and beauty was what made Klimt a toast of the fashion scene in Europe. The fashion world took to Klimt’s conceptions as like none else.

The fall collection of Gucci for the first six years had been prdominantly guided by Klimtism.

The influence of Klimt is found not just in designing, but also in set designing, and photography.


Klimtism makes it possible to put in myriad things together; natural obects like flowers, animals, inanimate substances and amidst all a human figure and yet create a balance. This essential features of Klimtism had infact given a new grammer to fashion photography.


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