Same Dress, New Day – James Tissot

I love it when I’m looking at a piece of art, and though I’m thoroughly enjoying it for its beauty or depth, I’m also struck by a connection to a modern theme.

In this case, I loved seeing Tissot’s two takes on the same dress. He used the same white ruffled/yellow bowed dress in two paintings, two years apart – and with very different effect.

The portrait of Miss Lloyd is quite proper.

Miss Lloyd Tissot 1876

While his interpretation on ‘Spring’ is more relaxed, playful and evokes the warmth that the change in seasons brings.

Spring Tissot 1878

Through a modern lens, I get a kick out of the fact that even famous artists re-use the same outfits once in a while. It’s not all about getting new clothes – changing how you style them makes all the difference in the look and feel of your ensemble. So, if ‘one dress, two ways’ is good enough for Tissot – it’s good enough for me!

2 thoughts on “Same Dress, New Day – James Tissot

  1. Ha ha I love the angle of this post. The fact that you’ve used an artist to make your point that ‘recycling’ outfits ain’t nothing new and the concept has been around for years. I hate the media’s obsession with only being seen in outfits once.

    • Thanks Arash! If women can be immortalized by Tissot in duplicate dresses, then wearing the same top in a few Facebook snaps should be just fine for gals these days-

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