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Thom Browne S/S 2017

Art / Architecture / Design / Fashion

Some fashion houses utilize trademark iconography to lay claim to clothing and accessory designs, others employ consistent design narratives from season-to-season to develop a particular, idiosyncratic aesthetic.


Posted April 29th, 2018 By Colby Mugrabi

Since launching womenswear in 2011, Thom Browne has exhibited an affinity for trompe l’oeil, frequently utilizing this construction technique within his men’s and women’s collections. The American designer’s fondness for experimenting with visual allusions reached its climax for spring/summer 2017. Each of the collection’s 31 masterfully constructed, playful garments toyed with this sophisticated construction method. Layering, pleating, draping, lapels, bowties, and bows were mere illusions in thanks to Browne’s fanciful flattening of the ‘pictorial’ – or rather, ‘garment’ – plane. Tweeds, checkered print, colorful gingham, sequins and floral appliqué made for tremendous variation between looks, while maintaining an air of elevated sophistication. A cheeky interpretation of classic springtime garments generated through the wondrous creative mind of Thom Browne.

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One of schiaparelli s frist sweaters  1927

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Parrot lamp by william haines

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Schiaparelli bowknot sweater  1927. illustration by douglas pollard

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William “Billy” Haines

Interior

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  a desert house designed by richard neutra for edgar j. kaufmann  palm springs  california  january 1970. lita baron approa

Slim Aarons

A desert house designed by Richard Neutra for Edgar J. Kaufmann, Palm Springs, California, January, 1970

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  david hockney  a bigger splash   1967

David Hockney

A Bigger Splash, 1967

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  fabric sample mille fleurs   cotton  mille fleurs  josef frank   svenskt tenn

Josef Frank

Mille Fleurs Textile

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Img01

Jean Royère

“Œuf” chair, 1950s

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  tumblr ljqlbyzbqc1qcddvlo1 500

Elsa Schiaparelli

Trompe l’oeil Bow Tie Sweater, 1930s

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  project model  shuttlecocks  claes oldenburg   coosje van bruggen wood and plastic on wood base 7 x 7.25 x 7.25 inches

Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen

Project Model “Shuttlecocks”, 1993-94

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Henri matisse the parakeet and the mermaid. 1952.

Henri Matisse

The Parakeet and the Mermaid, 1952

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Christies betsy bloomingdale 119

William “Billy” Haines

Interior of Betsy Bloomingdale's Holmby Hills Home

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Donaldjudd prints 1988 1993

Donald Judd

Untitled Prints, 1988-93

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Jean royere  table d appoint  1946

Jean Royère

Table d'Appoint, 1946

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Jean charles de castelbajac 1994 pt2

Jean-Charles de Castelbajac

Dress, 1994

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Joel meyerowitz florida  1970

Joel Meyerowitz

Florida, 1970

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Lounge chair by gio ponti. silk  walnut  1953.

Gio Ponti

Lounge Chair, 1953

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One of schiaparelli s frist sweaters  1927

Elsa Schiaparelli

Trompe l’oeil Bowknot Sweater, 1927

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Parrot lamp by william haines

William “Billy” Haines

Parrot Lamp, 1950s

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Roberta di caerino dress

Roberta di Caerino

Dress

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Schiaparelli bowknot sweater  1927. illustration by douglas pollard

Douglas Pollard

Illustration, Schiaparelli Bowknot Sweater, 1927

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Schiaparelli bowknot sweater  1927

Elsa Schiaparelli

Trompe l’oeil Bow Tie Sweater, 1927

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Thomas ruff  interior  colour photograph  20.5com x 27.5 cm  1979

Thomas Ruff

Interior Colour Photograph, 1979

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