Room 1: The Lounge Room
Self Portrait in the Green Bugatti, Tamara de Lempicka, 1925.
Florence has a framed print of this painting in her lounge room, hanging on a vibrant turquoise wall. After doing some investigating, it turns out Florence not only loves this work and others by de Lempicka, but has used them as inspiration in photoshoots and for the look of Ceremonials.
In interviews with Rolling Stone, which you can read here and here, Florence explained that the aesthetics of Ceremonials were partly inspired by the incredible Art Deco style of de Lempicka.
In an article here about Tamara de Lempicka written by Fiona McCarthy (an amazing art history academic), MacCarthy explains how the artist was a “symbol of women’s liberation,” a bohemian and bisexual, living in the 1920s on Left Bank of Paris. If you read the rest of the article, it’s incredible how many parallels between Florence and Tamara there are - they have a lot in common!
Fiona MacCarthy describes the painting beautifully:
“The tight, post-cubist composition of the painting; the muted, sophisticated colour; the sense of speed and glamour; her blonde curl edging out of the head-hugging Hermès helmet; her long leather driving gauntlets; her lubricious red lips. Clearly this is a woman who means business - even to the extent of mowing down a few pedestrians.”
For Chanel’s spring/summer 2012 collection, Karl Lagerfeld chose Florence as his muse and she modelled in a photoshoot inspired by Tamara de Lempicka’s painting. She used one of the images from the photoshoot for the vinyl cover of her single Shake it Out. She said that to inspire them, she and Karl ripped out pages from books on artist de Lempicka.
(Florence Welch House Series)