Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Swimming Pools

I recently purchased the In-Ground Painted shift dress from Anthropologie this August because it looked like a work of art and had a cool mod silhouette. When it went on sale I promptly ordered it in my usual size for Anthropologie, size 4. I was delighted that the fabric and print were both better in person than online, however when I went to try it on I was sorely disappointed. The dress looked like a gigantic potato sack which just happened to feature a very lovely work of art on it. Determined to get the right fit, I decided to re-order,  as it was not available at any of the stores within a 100 mile radius of me. I was torn between re-ordering the dress in a size 2 or 0. Ultimately, I went with the 0 which is what you see before you. If you are reading this for sizing advice, I advise you to size down!

The back of this dress features an artistic surprise! As you can see the back continues the pool motif started on the front. I love the close up of the pool and the colors featured throughout the print.

Apparently William wanted to get a closer look and inspect the print for himself! He has quite the artistic eye.

When I first saw this dress it reminded me of Daivid Hockney's work. He is British pop artist who has a penchant for painting swimming pools, among other subject mater. During the 60's and 70's he did a series of paintings all featuring swimming pools in Los Angeles. This one, Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) reminds me of the back of my dress.

The following painting by Hockney (also featuring a swimming pool) is probably one of his most famous works. It is titled A Bigger Splash. To me this painting embodies the Southern Californian spirit, especially with the small detail of the director's chair on the patio.

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