Art Nouveau & Art and Craft

The similarities and differences of Art Nouveau & Art and Craft 


  1. Nature inspired
  2. Strong lines
  3. New technologies
  4. Take influence from Japanese design
  5. Colour style
  6. Design movements influenced by Art


Art and Craft:

  • Simplistic
  • Industrial Revolution 

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ART AND CRAFT Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2012 Ready to wear collection

The choice of the garments are very neutral based, but it uses the contrast of bright and vibrant coloured floral prints. The garments have golden ecclesiastical embroidery and allusions to altar lace, the cutting of the garment is structured a nice fit to the body. The collection paired with accessories like tiaras, hair ornaments, and dangly earrings.

According to Vogue, the collection honoured the materials of homespun craft (needlepoint, tapestry), devotional religious hand-work (velvet, sumptuous gold-thread embroidery), and the faded baroque splendour of the cherub-filled paintings and curlicued woodwork in the palaces and basilicas of southern Italy.

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ART NOUVEAU  Erdem Spring/Summer 2015 ready to wear collection

The garment design is inspired by nature. The gorgeous long and lustrous gowns above has a similar structure of a linear architecture of greenhouses. The definition of the dress is defined by the strong lines and repeated patterns of floral prints that were embroidered into the quilted dresses. The collection gives a casual, soft and lavish looking but eerie and fashion voodoo with the dark colouring, where it drapes perfectly to the body to create a nice silhouette.


Both of the collection is inspired and took reference elements of nature, for instance, floral prints are both found in the collection.  The collections are very elegant and soft looking. However, Dolce & Gabbana has a more defined and clean cutting,  the silhouette is very clear. Whereas Erdem’s dress is soft and flow, the silhouette depends on how the dress drapes and falls on the body. Other obvious differences will the colour choice, Dolce & Gabbana colour palette are soft and neutral but Erdem has darker and shady colours. Dolce & Gabbana’s garments are accessorised and with golden embroidery. On the other hand, Erdem’s collection has no accessories the gown itself has a strong and defined statement.

Mower, S. (2012) Dolce & Gabbana fall 2012. Available at: (Accessed: 10 February 2017).
Blanks, T. (2014) Erdem spring 2015 ready-to-wear fashion show. Available at: (Accessed: 10 February 2017).

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