Fashion and art similarities 400 years apart

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I really enjoyed a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art last Saturday, and as I’m looking through the pictures I took of favorite art works, I’m finding some interesting comparisons between wildly different objects, such as the painting by Hans Holbein the Younger next to a baseball card, as I noted in my last post.

Here’s another comparison, this time featuring the painting Portrait of a Woman, 1632, by Rembrandt van Rijn, below left, alongside this example of womenswear for Comme des Garcons by noted fashion designer Rei Kawakubo, which is part of the exhibition “Art of the In-Between” currently on view at the Met. (scroll down for more)

ruff collars in works by Rembrandt and Rei Kawakubo

The visual similarities of black and white clothes is one thing, but what I really like is Kawakubo’s avant-garde take on a spiky version of the “ruff collar” seen in Rembrandt’s painting as well as many other paintings by Dutch masters such as Frans Hals, Nicolaes Maes, and Jan Daemen Cool, among others.

Did you know we have an interactive arts game involving ruff collars? Check out the Frans Hals Ring Toss Game!

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