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Exploring Sleeping Beauties in Art
Awakening the Sleeping Beauties Art, Fashion, and Inspiration
Art x Style 14 Nov 2023
Nick Verreos: RUNWAY REPORT.....Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Viktor &  Rolf Fall/Winter 2018
Viktor & Rolf Paris, Fall 2005 via Pinterest

The theme for the Met Gala 2024 has been unveiled, and it’s an intriguing one: “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion.”

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Viktor & Rolf Paris Haute Couture Week 2023

According to the Met’s press release, the new exhibition will focus on using research, conversation, and technology to replicate the sensations of the museum’s major pieces. The overarching goal is to “breathe new life into these historic artifacts through creative and immersive activations designed to evoke the scents, sounds, textures, and movements of garments that can no longer be directly experienced on the body.”

As we eagerly anticipate the Met Gala 2024 and its exploration of fashion’s reawakening, these sleeping beauties from the art world could offer some inspiration for those attending that can be found in slumber.

Frederic Leighton, Flaming June
Frederic Leighton’s Flaming June, 1895. Photograph: Museo de Arte de Ponce

Frederic Leighton’s “Flaming June” (1895)
This masterpiece of the Neoclassical style portrays a reclining female figure bathed in the warm, golden light of a Mediterranean sunset. The vibrant colors and meticulous attention to detail in the artwork capture a sense of timeless tranquility and beauty.

Henri Matisse’s “Portrait of a Sleeping Marguerite” (1920)
A serene portrayal of Matisse’s daughter, Marguerite, in slumber during her young adulthood.

Sir John Everett Millais, Bt’s “Ophelia” (1851–2)
This work stands as a masterpiece of Pre-Raphaelite art. The painting vividly captures the tragic character Ophelia from Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” as she floats in a serene yet hauntingly beautiful manner amidst a lush, detailed natural landscape, conveying both the beauty and fragility of life.

The mould of time: The Sleeping Nymph - Спящая нимфа
Image via themouldoftime

Antonio Canova’s “Sleeping Nymph” (1820-1824)
This renowned marble sculpture remained unfinished and was kept in Canova’s studio until his last days, adding an air of mystique to its legacy.

History Graphic Design/Photography | Man Ray photograph, Sle… | Flickr
History Graphic Design/Photography | Man Ray Image via Flickr

Man Ray’s “Sleeping Woman” (1929)
Known for its surreal and subdued ambiance, this photograph achieved its distinctive feel through Man Ray’s skillful manipulation of the medium using heat.

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