From Victoria Secret Fashion Runway to Hallway—In Love with Chinoiserie

Victoria’s Secret fashion Show, Paris,  was broadcasted on Dec. 6th.  There were six themes for the show: Road Ahead, Mountain Romance, Pink Nation, Secret Angel, Dark Angel and Bright Night Angel. With performances by Lady Gaga, Bruno Mar.  For Road Ahead part, it was mainly about Chinese influence—Chinoiserie.

Chinoiserie , (derived from the French word Chinois, meaning “Chinese”) is the European interpretation and imitation of Chinese and East Asian artistic traditions, especially in the decorative arts, garden design, architecture, literature, theater, and musical performances. First appearing in the 17th century, this trend was popularized in the 18th century due to the rise in trade with China and East Asia. As a style, chinoiserie is related to the Rococo style. Both styles are characterized by exuberant decoration, asymmetry, a focus on materials, and stylized nature and subject matter that focuses on leisure and pleasure, while chinoiserie focuses on subjects that were thought to be “Chinese.”—Wikipedia.


We usually do the pairing From Runway to Hallway after major fashion shows.  Here  are our pairings for Road Ahead part(Chinoiserie)

  1. Dragon— Chinese dragons traditionally symbolize potent and auspicious powers, particularly control over water, rainfall, typhoons, and floods. The dragon is also a symbol of power, strength, and good luck for people who are worthy of it.


Dragon application in the interiors will bring your positive energy.

2. Phoenix–In ancient and modern Chinese culture, they can often be found in the decorations for weddings or royalty, along with dragons. This is because the Chinese considered the dragon and phoenix symbolic of blissful relations between husband and wife, another common yang and yin metaphor.Victorias_Secret_011216_01-840x560.jpg



2. Red—Red is considered the luckiest color in China, and it is widely used during festivals and important events.  It also symbolizes happiness and joy.



Fashion Icon Diana Vreeland’s apartment


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Coco Chanel Paris Apartment



3. Blue—Blue represents the Wood element and also symbolizes spring, immortality and advancement.



Valentino’S apartment


4. Green— stands for wealth, harmony, growth;



Ann Getty’s house, the red-haired wife of Gordon Getty, fourth child of oil tycoon J. Paul Getty,designed by architect Willis Polk in 1906 

4. Pink—a shade of Red in Chinese.





5. Purple—it stands for divinity and immortality.

6. Yellow—Yellow was the emperor’s colour in Imperial China and is held as the symbolic color of the five legendary emperors of ancient China. Yellow often decorates royal palaces, altars and temples, and the color was used in the robes and attire of the emperors.



Wouldn’t you fall in love with Chinoiserie after all of these beautiful fashion and interior pictures?  Hope  you feel inspired for your home projects


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