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Life Imitates Art

Life Imitates Art

It has been said that "Life Imitates Art." We think so. In the world of fashion and film, art is often an inspiration. Even modern Hollywood has been inspired by the ageless masterpieces of the past. Costume designers for period films often refer to sketches, drawings and artwork from the period to come up with accurate fashion depictions for a film. Click on each thumbnail to view our choices for history-inspired interpretations and the original painting which we think may have inspired them.


Nicole Kidman in Vogue (June 1999);
Madame X by John Singer Sargent (1884)

Nicole Kidman in Vogue (June 1999);
Mrs. Inches by John Singer Sargent (1887)

Nicole Kidman in Vogue (June 1999);
Mrs. Carl Meyer by John Singer Sargent
(1896)

Nicole Kidman in Vogue (June 1999);
Mrs. George Swinton by John Singer
Sargent (1897)

Nicole Kidman in Vogue (June 1999);
Repose by John Singer Sargent (1911)

Kirsten Dunst in Vogue (September 2006);
Marie Antoinette by Élisabeth Vigée-Lebrun
(1785)

Uma Thurman in "The Golden Bowl" (2000); A Passing Storm by James Tissot (1876)

Jeremy Northam in "The Golden Bowl" (2000);
Dr. Samuel Jean Pozzi at Home by John Singer Sargent (1881)

Calista Flockhart in "A Midsummer's Night
Dream" (1999); Couple by Charles Dana
Gibson (1904)

Audrey Hepburn in "My Fair Lady" (1964);
Young Lady in a Boat by James Tissot
(1870)

Gillian Anderson in "House of Mirth" (2000);
Rendezvous by Charles Dana Gibson (1909)

Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeremy Northam in
"Emma" (1996); Two's Company, Three's
None
by Marcus Stone (1892)

Jane Seymour and Anthony Edwards in
"The Scarlet Pimpernel" (1982); The
Morning Walk
by Thomas Gainsborough
(1785)

Mia Kirshner in "Anna Karenina" (1997);
Hush! by James Tissot (1875)