Help with shirt patterns

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Vintage Fashion Q & A' started by Victoria, Apr 17, 2017.

  1. Victoria

    Victoria Registered Guest

    Hi all,

    I am hoping to get some help with whether any of these shirt patterns have names and if not, any pointers on how to describe them effectively. I am running out of ideas besides generic adjectives like geometric, abstract, and psychedelic.

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    Thanks for the help.

  2. Midge

    Midge Trade Member

    Well, the second from right looks very fantasy-ish at first, but I think at least for the female figures it takes inspiration from Art Nouveau and Alphonse Mucha.
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2017
  3. Victoria

    Victoria Registered Guest

    Thanks Midge. I had never heard of Alphonse Mucha but I looked him up and the print is definitely reminiscent of his female figures.

  4. poppysvintageclothing

    poppysvintageclothing Administrator Staff Member

    Yes, I agree with Mucha - it's a real mix-up a little Art Nouveau and a bit Peter Max.

    The red one - makes me think of a windy day.

    I can't think of much else besides what you stated...polka dots for the pussycat bow blouse.
  5. Leonardo da Vintage

    Leonardo da Vintage Administrator Staff Member

    Maybe Op Art for the first one. It isn't quite, but near enough.

    Definitely Art Nouveau for the 5th. I don't see Art Deco.

    I love the red one, but I can't think of a good description. It's meadow plants, but I don't suppose anyone searches for that. I can see dandelion and bindweed. One looks like cow parsley, but isn't quite - something similar. It's very trippy!

    For the last one, contrast collar and cuffs is worth mentioning. Other than that, it's a floral stripe, can't see much else in that pattern.
  6. Midge

    Midge Trade Member

  7. Rue_de_la_Paix

    Rue_de_la_Paix Trade Member

    Great shirts. I see Op Art in the first one and for some reason I keep seeing ears of corn! The second one looks MCM, Mid Century Modern in the print (not the shirt itself), much like a lot of the Post WWII and early 1950s fabrics. And definitely Mucha on the second to last shirt.
  8. Victoria

    Victoria Registered Guest

    Thank you all! Very helpful.
  9. Metro Retro Vintage

    Metro Retro Vintage Trade Member

    Just to throw in a few more keywords/phrases -- the print on the third shirt reminds me of Dominos (the game pieces), and the print on the fourth reminds me of a wild gardenscape.

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