Fashion Inspired by Art: Edward Hopper's "Girl at a Sewing Machine"

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This week’s Fashion Inspired by Art is based on Edward Hopper's "Girl at a Sewing Machine." Read on to learn more about this work of art and to see three outfits inspired by this famous painting.

About Edward Hopper's "Girl at a Sewing Machine"

Edward Hopper's "Girl at a Sewing Machine"

Edward Hopper's Girl at a Sewing Machine (1921) via Wikimedia Commons

Edward Hopper (1882-1967) was an American painter known for his works depicting American life and solitude. He painted mostly seascapes and cityscapes, though he is more well known for the latter.

Despite not being a particularly prolific artist, Hopper’s influence can be seen in many other creatives' works, including Mark Rothko and Alfred Hitchcock.

His 1921 painting, "Girl at a Sewing Machine" was the first of many "window paintings" Hopper did, though they were generally less domestic in nature. (You've likely seen his work, Nighthawks, a famous painting depicting patrons through the window of a diner.)

Outfits Inspired by Edward Hopper's "Girl at a Sewing Machine"


Edward Hopper's "Girl at a Sewing Machine" Look 1

Skirt, Heels, Bag, Parka, Top

Start with a tartan skirt full of the same warmth as Hopper's painting. Oxford heels were popular in the 1920s, and the utilitarian sole on this pair makes them perfect for the winter. Stay warm with a thick parka, and grab a classic satchel to complete the look.

Winter White

Hopper outfit 2

Dress, Sweater, Boots, Tights, Scarf

The girl's white dress might not so practical for December, but adding winter accessories to a similar frock makes it perfect for a coffee date or another casual outing. Keep the ensemble from getting too dreary by layering on a bright knit sweater.


Girl at a sewing machine look 3

Tights, Boots, Sweater, Shirt, Necklace

A white sweater dress might seem drab, but pair it with colorful tights, layer a denim button-down underneath, and you'll have a cozy and fashion-forward look. Hint at the utilitarian nature of Hopper's painting of domesticity with a pair of tough work boots and a necklace of sewing needles.

What do you think?

Do you like Hopper's work? Which of his paintings do you like the most? Who's your favorite American painter? What do you think about the inspired outfits? Which one is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear your opinions!

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