Interior design and haute couture dance a fiery and everlasting tango with fashion taking the lead.
The first time I noticed this was during the English Chintz years of the late 1980s. A friend, Shelly, wore the crisp floral fabric to an afternoon wedding and was in awe of the elegance of her perfect choice for the time and for the occasion.
My realization fashion and décor were inextricably entwined came when we all arrived at the country club reception. Shelly had arrived a few minutes prior and my girlfriends and I found her standing at the door in sheer panic.
She looked over her shoulder to reveal the drapery and the sofas were covered in the very same pink and green floral chintz of her dress. Shelly and the furnishings were forever bonded. I will confess we spent the remainder of the reception pretending like we couldn’t see her because she blended into the décor.
The relationship between fashion and décor is typically more subtle as it weaves its way quietly. There is a subtle link between the two when it is just the mirroring of the way a textile drapes or the replication of a collar on a window treatment.
Typically, the sheer organzas of fashion are loose and free-flowing. The femininity is undeniable, especially when juxtaposed to textural, masculine fabrics.
In décor, you will find the sheer has returned to the window, but not in the form of your grandmother’s tight-pinch pleat sheer that moves on a traverse rod.
You will find sheers tonal and embellished with glitz. One of my favorites is a sheer studded with “diamonds.”
You will find the same sheers on the red carpet flowing with grace and elegance.
Some of the links between haute couture and interior design are obvious. If you book a room in Milan’s Maison Maschino, you can slumber away in a ruby-ball-gown-inspired bed.
Often, fashion designers are falling off the runway and heading toward the interior with the introduction of their own furnishing lines.
Regardless, there is a marriage of love and convenience between haute couture and interior design. They are both a reflection of our societal mood at a point in time, and that moment is shared.