In 2009 I had the pleasure of backpacking across Europe, and ending up in Vienna, Austria.
When I arrived I had no idea I was in the birth city of my favorite artist of all time, Gustav Klimt has He has shaped my artistic views since I realized there was such a thing.
His unconventional approach to color, texture, use of gold leaf and the image of women is what I see as modern and timeless. So misunderstood and hated by his generation, Gustav challenged the art world to see political, religious and sexual revolutions long before the 60's.
His Beethoven Frieze exhibit contains some of my favorite works.
The Leopold Museum was an all day haven for me, and forced me to see Gustav as not only an artist but an inspiration to draw from for Fashion.
Interpretation from the "Tree of Life"
In honor of his 150th birthday, here are some other lovely works of art from my hero Gustav Klimt.
The painting is "The Waiting". Photo Norman Parkinson, Pierre Cardin, Vogue UK, September 1965