18 May Colour Comparisons | A Moment for Miss Moss’s Art and Fashion Mashups
Colour Comparisons is a series created by Diana Moss, a Capetonian blogger and graphic designer with an eye for the aesthetic. Her blog Miss Moss started in 2009 as a way for her to share visual treasures; since then it has evolved into her full-time passion and part-time job, attracting thousands of readers across the world. When Diana started this series in 2010 it became her most popular feature — with good reason. Diana seamlessly fuses art and fashion to create small visual feasts, taking stylish assemblages of clothing and overlaying them on backgrounds of pattern, foliage and brushstrokes. In some images, there is an interplay between the modern and the classic: exquisitely layered and textured dresses are infused with the romance and soft light of impressionist paintings. In others, the clothes’ patterns and shapes echo the Matisse cut outs that surround them. Then there’re the stylised posters of far off places, in which, if you look carefully, you can see clothing has been chosen to exude the atmosphere of the pictured place — paisley prints for India, art deco and florals for Paris, flowing silk striped dresses for the Italian Riviera.
The comparisons became so big at one point, Diana was asked to do a few custom ones for companies like J.Crew, ModCloth and even for magazine Bon Appetit – she says she takes particular pleasure in the food & fashion mash-ups, and has certainly created some delectable browsing. Even though a lot more people are doing these combinations now, she still enjoys making them when inspiration strikes. As an art lover, one cannot help but swoon over The Art of Valentino, Diana’s most recent creation, for which she received personal thanks from the iconic fashion house.
We asked Diana about her inspiration and where she finds all her images (clearly from some magical archive). She told us that before Pinterest came along she used to save images she liked in folders on her computer. She did this for years, and now has a huge folder of art, as well as any other visual references and collections she enjoys. Even before the blog, she used to create moodboards in blank books, printing out reams of images. When the blog took the place of those books, it seemed natural to her to continue making her collages online. It’s no easy task though – one comparison can take hours, what with finding the right matches and assembling everything in Photoshop. She acknowledges it might seem a ridiculous thing to spend so much time on, but looking at the images here, it seems worth every second.