Polka Dots: infant, ironic, elegant and modern …, a solution, a little ”squaring the circle”.


“Minnie” by Walt Disney

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“Goldie” by Beatrice Brandini 

Polka Dots: the name comes from a dance, originating in Czechoslovakia in the late nineteenth century, which soon spread to Europe and America and from which borrowed the name to define the polka dot fabric: polka dot pattern.

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Jayne Mansfield, Brigitte Bardot and Marilyn Monroe

I love pattern in all its inclinations, use and maintenance, from fashion to furniture, and I believe every design suitable to interpret a personality and a mood, whether you are wearing it, a “thought”, if it is observed and admires.


“Woman and Beauty”,  cover 1947

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Carven, 1954                                                        Christian Dior, anni ’50

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Balenciaga, anni ’50                                    Marisa Berenson e Veruschka fotografata da Irving Penn, 1965

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Courreges, anni ’60                                         Peggy Moffit                                      Veruschka  fotografata da Franco Rubartelli, 1967

Stripes are cheeky and immediately refer the summer, the square and rhombus the conceptual constructivism, the tartan kilt of the Scottish clans … and polka dots are the Parisian allure, flirtatious and feminine. They are perfect in summer but also in winter, especially when fashion inventing ways to achieve that recall beautiful abstract paintings.

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Yayoi Kusama, performance and installation for Louis Vuitton

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Yayoi Kusama for Louis Vuitton

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Damien Hirst

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Roy Lichtenstein

Even art has interpreted them and adopted, even some artists have made their mark. I think the creative Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, “loaned” to fashion with the collaboration for Vuitton and Marc Jacobs, to Damien Hirst with his giant canvases and minimal polka dots, and, back in time, to the invention of Roy Lichtenstein (but before there was the Pointillism, with Paul Signac), which gave his work a comics connotation, even though in reality they were much much more …..

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Moschino and Oscar della Renta, 2010 e 2011

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Burberry Prorsum, fashion show S/S 2014

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Ungaro by Fausto Pugliesi, fashion show S/S 2014

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Dolce & Gabbana, fashion show S/S 2014

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Sportmax fashion show S/S 2014

 39 Horm.it designer Toyo Ito

Furniture Horm.it, designer Toyo Ito

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Vase  “Zouhria”Alessi

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Forniture Teknoalta


Clock “Ball Clock”, Vitra

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Chair Mints, di Arflex

In fashion, if we look back, the dots were always there, often characterized dresses to highlight the shapes of beautiful ’50s cinema, but also sumptuous and magnificent creations evening of Christian Dior, Jacques Fath. To get to them Moschino widely used, Vivienne Westwood, Comme des Garçon, Miu Miu, Marc Jacobs, Rodarte, etc.. etc.. Everyone giving them a personal interpretation, creating something new. This is also why I love polka dots, dots seem trivial, however ……

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Valentino, fashion show F/W 2014-15

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Matthew Williamson, fashion show F/W 2014-15

A di BB    B di BB

Sketches “Mood Pois” Beatrice Brandini

Long live the dots and their ability to make us feel “light” … almost like a balloon in the sky.


Foto Tim Walker

Good life to all!


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