Art Nouveau | Ondine
This is a style of decorative and intricate artistic motifs that was popular between the years 1890-1910. It was formed in parallel to the ancient medieval styles such as the pre-Raphaelites. Its illustrative natural forms which are heavily influenced by Japanese art are a precursor to early modernism. Dominant motifs in this art form were inspired by elongated botanic illustrations which were based on elegant stems rather than petals as well as the “decadent East”.
This fashion had a undulating curving silhouette which relied on the S-line (a type of silhouette) for example from a swan-bill corset. This was superseded by a more columnar outline around 1910. Long narrow skirts, with prominent bustles, and high-necked, lace- trimmed blouses further exaggerated the S-bend. Art Nouveau is particularly associated with designers such as Jeanne Paquin, Jacques Doucet, and Paul Poiret whose ateliers were customised by famous actresses as well as infamous royal mistresses.