The art world is always more exciting when viewed through the lens of fashion and this falls curriculum calls for a reflection into the renaissance period of the late 1500s to 1700s. Marked by ornate details and gilded motifs the baroque period is back with a vengeance.

In all aspects of society and within different art forms, the baroque period aimed to create drama, exuberance and grandeur. As designers are drawn towards a more exaggerated and overall lavish distinction, a surge of subdued accessories and baroque patterns can now be seen dominating the runways.

Dolce & Gabanna |Autumn/Winter 2012 | Spring/ Summer 2016

Honouring this opulent style since 2012, luxury Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabanna brought back the austere classics of our founding forefathers to the runways of 2016. Re-vamping their communion-like black and gold dresses of 2012,  this year’s looks reflected the art movement with dashes of modernism, using vibrant colours and touches of playfulness.  The Italian duo once again encompassed their looks with a hints of Domenico’s native Sicily, emphasising its baroque religious traditions. Embellishing their couture with jewelled minaudière, the silhouettes of various proportions reflected baroque romanticism throughout the opulent procession. 

Alexander McQueen |  Spring 2016

Enriched with ruffles fit for a queen, the F/W 2015-16 collection by Alexander McQueen paints a gloomy atmosphere with touches of soft and vibrant colours defined by luxury. Surrounded by an aura of elegance, the British fashion house compliments their accessories with a dash of eccentricity bringing the old fashioned art movement into the modern day.

Givenchy | Fall 2015

Taking inspiration from the South American Chola girls, Riccardo Tisci astonished the crowds at the Fall runway in New York with a line of ethereal creatures, their faces dripping with jewels. The models’ nude faces, embellished with pearls, crystals,  enamel hoops and nose rings, diffused compelling wonder thanks to their strange, quixotic beauty. The enchantment of the facial jewels were representative of the romantic era, carrying its renaissance to the real world in Manhattan, where Neo-Victorian and cyberpunk-rockers embrace this styles. (Vogue, 2015)

Balenciaga | Spring 2016

Once dubbed the “baroque rock star,”  Nicolas Ghesquière delivered a parade of modern romanticism at  Balenciaga. Executing an array of  “architecture and embellishment, sharpness and ornamentalism.” (Vogue, 2012) The French fashion house have advanced from Ghesquières reign bringing a contemporary range of exquisite accessories to their 2016 collection representing the opulent era.

Gucci | Spring 2016 Collection

Reinventing vintage with vibrant bursts of colour, Italian fashion house Gucci deliver an array of graphic motifs embedding elements of baroque. Representing the romantic era with twists of modernism. the brand’s innovative approach is playful yet elegant.

Josie Chen| Pink Crystal Choker


Adorned with delicate embellishments and sophistication, the Josie Chen collection embraces hints of baroque whilst remaining true to the brand’s defiant, rock –chick attitude. Encompassing her designs with an industrial and feminine flare, the handmade designs reflects the confidence and style of today’s independent women and men.


Harpers Bazaar (2016) Spring Jewellery Trends [Online] Available at http://Http:// [Accessed 2016]

Vogue (2016) Going for Baroque! 10 Unabashedly Decadent Accessories Fit for a Princess [Online] Available at http://Http:// [Accessed 2016]

Vogue (2016) Return To Baroque [Online] Available at http://Http:// [Accessed 2016]

Vogue (2016) FALL 2012 READY-TO-WEAR

Dolce & Gabbana [Online] Available at http://Http:// [Accessed 2012]