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Inspiration: Commedia dell'Arte, Part II


(Sorry, this is a bit overdue, I posted Part I a fair while ago.)

Arlequin and Pierrot
Arlecchino a.k.a. Arlequin, is another character in the Commedia dell'Arte. In the play he is a servant and a clown, and steals Columbine away from Pierrot, breaking his heart. Often the most popular character, he is most famous for his diamond-patched costumes, which were the basis of the well known Harlequin pattern.

Everyone knows by now that prints are big news for spring, and it seems harlequin might just be one of the patterns to be seen in..
Miu Miu SS08

Lavazza 2008 calendar by way of foto_decadent.
Even Vogue is citing the Commedia dell'Arte as a source of inspiration for spring..
Vogue UK April 2008

Get the look:
Get the look

9 comments

  1. I have those Celeste Stein tights....
    Bernhard Willhelm SS08 has also taken some inspiration from that harlequin pattern too...

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  2. will defo be dabbling in clown makeup! am hunting for diamonds too...

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  3. Mardi Gras, seemingly. I like it, but I'm afraid that I'm too boring to be wearing that much color. Maybe in neutrals...
    I'm so inspiring.

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  5. Ooh, Commedia dell'Arte! We did some Commedia in my drama class. It's really interesting how character archetypes today are remnants of Commedia. I myself am inspired by the Zannis.

    Oh, and I can't believe my school has a full bodysuit with a harlequin print, and matching neck ruff too.

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  6. could you please tell me who is the painter of the painting of pierrot and arlequin

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