Tree of Life
Viennese Secessionist artist Gustav Klimt’s allover-patterned paintings are often reinterpreted by designers, artists and photographers. Although not considered a fashion painter, Klimt’s sartorial focus may have resulted from his close relationship with avant-garde fashion designer Emilie Flöge. Furthering the connection between Klimt’s aesthetic and fashion, Normal Parkinson set several of Klimt’s works as backdrops for a Vogue UK editorial published in the magazine’s September 1st, 1965 issue. In the editorial, a Pierre Cardin beaded gown blends in with Klimt’s masterful 1905 work, Tree of Life.