Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Dazzle Dress


When my boyfriend first saw this dress, he said it reminded him of a WWI battleship. Not exactly the compliment I was hoping for when I picked it out... His further explanation of "razzle dazzle" was met with a blank stare as well. Maybe he was trying to tell me he didn't like the dress?

With the help of Google, I began to understand. Dazzle camouflage or "Razzle Dazzle" was a paint scheme used on WWI battleships. Unlike most camouflage, its purpose was not to conceal the object by making it blend into its background— impossible to do on an ever-changing ocean— but to make it difficult to determine the true size, shape, direction, and speed of the vessel. The geometric patterns work like an optical illusion.



Dazzle painting is no longer effective camouflage because of advanced military technology, but there is still great interest in the designs because of their striking aesthetic quality. The Rhode Island School of Design showed a collection of the dazzle paintings of Maurice L. Freedman in 2009, and was quickly sold out of all posters from the exhibition. The images below should give you an idea of why they were so popular. Part blueprint, part modern art— I would hang these on my wall in a second.




Maybe dazzle dresses will be the next step in paying homage to this innovative and beautiful technology...


(Dazzle dress photos: © Littlehouse of Style, Dazzle photos and Maurice L. Freedman designs from www.risd.edu/dazzle/, Alice & Olivia dress, Givenchy patent leather heels, H&M long sleeved t-shirt)

6 comments:

Christine said...

Golly, your boyfriend sure knows a lot of stuff about a lot of stuff, huh? :P ps. Love that dress!

Style Artisan said...

That is one smart boyfriend!

I was completely unaware of any of this but find it fascinating. Those prints are so cool...you are right, I would love to have those on my wall.

I'm especially going to have to remember this concept the next time I feel bloated, especially after the holiday food fest. Use Dazzle to make it difficult for anyone to determine my true size and shape! ;)

Just not with such a cute knit dress as this. You look very stylish. I love it!

Jade "Purple" Brown said...

i love the graphic design on your dress!

Jade "Purple" Brown said...

im following you!

coco said...

great post.

Sally Jane Vintage said...

I love this dress and the WWI reference makes it all the better. Thanks for visiting my blog!