Then I was in the local thrift shop perusing the book section and I found a book on Klimt!! It must have been preordained... I swiftly purchased it at a ridiculous price and took it home in the hope that it would give me inspiration for my dress this month!
Completed in 1907, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I is a painting by Gustav Klimt. It was painted in Vienna after being commissioned by Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer, a wealthy industrialist. It took Klimt three years to complete the painting.
Adele Bloch-Bauer was the only model who was ever painted by Klimt twice, being also the model for the painting Adele Bloch-Bauer II, which was painted by Klimt in 1912.
Adele Bloch-Bauer II was painted in 1912 by Gustav Klimt. Her husband was a big sponsor of the arts, including of Klimt, which probably had some influence on her sitting for Klimt twice. Both portraits of Adele Bloch-Bauer were part of a protracted court battle in the United States and in Austria which resulted in five Gustav Klimt paintings being returned to Maria Altmann, the niece of Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer, in January 2006.
So these were the two paintings that caught my eye, the first because of the colours and the eyes on the centre panel of her dress and the second for the lines of the dress and the way the fur around her shoulders draped.
So here is my mannequin in her Klimt inspired outfit! As you can see, I have taken inspiration from both paintings to arrive at my one piece. I used Basic Grey papers and lots of bling plus a piece of fur from my lace bag. If you want to see all the other dresses pop over to Angela or click on the Dress Up 2011 picture on the right hand side of my blog.