The Fashion of Gustav Klimt

emilie flöge with klimt painting

Gustav Klimt is an artist who’s work has always been very inspirational to me. The patterns, textures and graphic shapes in the paintings perfectly accompany his soft portraits. You can imagine my delight in discovering that the clothing that played such an part of his paintings actually existed! I’ll give you a quick re cap of the story behing these creations, but for more details check out Messyness Chic. Klimt came in contact with Emilie Flöge in 1891 after becoming the guardian of her sister’s child. Her sister had been married to Klimt’s brother, who had died.

emilie flöge and gustav klimt

Flöge and Klimt

Flöge was actually featured in some of his work, and is rumoured to be the woman in the famous golden “The Kiss”. There are rumours that they were lovers, but more likely it was a familial relationship. She started as a seamstress at her other sister’s dressmaking school to becoming a couturière. She created some revolutionary designs, very ahead of their time with their loose silhouettes. Klimt also drew some designs for her studio. She did not make a big mark at the time producing very niched dresses, but with more conventional pieces she managed to keep her design studio afloat.

klimt painting of emilie flöge
emilie flöge patterned dress

emilie flöge white layered ruffle dress

Dress designed by Klimt

emilie flöge in spots and stripes

Some of Flöge’s more graphic dresses. The checked stripe dress was actually referenced in the 2015 Valentino Fall/Winter collection, amongst her other designs.

Valentino AW15 check dress Emilie Flöge

gustav klimt the kiss

Do you think it is Emilie in the famous painting?

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