Monday, June 27, 2016

Guest Post: A Small Dose of Art History and Fashion

Hi everyone! The lovely and brilliant Miss Ani Holly (@missaniholly on Instagram -- go follow her and then come back and read her post!!!) has written the very first guest post ever to appear on this blog, and I am delighted to finally share it with you!! If you like to learn super neat things while you look at gorgeous photos of amazing clothes and a beautiful lady, you absolutely must check out her blog, The Museum Pinup! Thank you so much, Ani <3!!! -Emily

Hello everyone!

Miss Ani Holly [aka The Museum Pinup] here taking over Miss Emily Hallock’s blog for today! When Emily approached me about guest blogging a few weeks ago I was so flattered. I had blogged before, but it was a very rigid academic Art History blog. After much convincing, I started a new pinup blog, fusing my love of art and pinup. I studied Art History at USC, and I am currently working in a museum, so almost everything I do includes at least an ounce of my Art Historical studies. So, thank you, Emily, for the constant support and for this opportunity!

The outfit I’ll be highlighting tonight is very special for a few reasons. Firstly, I’ve loved this dress since I saw it, but it’s currently sold out on the Pinup Girl Clothing website. So you can probably imagine my excitement when this dress was up for sale on the PUG Swap and Sell page! Second, I wore it specially for my fiancee’s graduation dinner from UCLA. So since my man and Emily share the same alma mater, I just knew this was the dress I need to highlight in my guest post! Finally, I love [I’ll say it again: I LOVE] spiders and a beautifully rich dark plum color, and my ensemble highlighted both.

For this outfit, I was inspired by two of my favorite artworks. For color, I found inspiration in Mark Rothko’s Untitled 1960. As for details and overall aura, I wanted to invoke the cool, hauntingly beautiful, yet elegant bad-assness of Travis Louie’s Miss Emily Fowler and Her Giant Spider (2015).

Both these artists have a special place in my heart. Every time I visit LACMA, I must see a Rothko. Rothko’s most notable works, the multiforms, filled in the void of what he believed was missing in contemporary art - human expression and a breadth of life. He began using darker tones in his later multiforms, which people believed was a reflection of his internal darkness (after all, he was Arshile Gorky’s student!).

Mark Rothko, Untitled 1960, oil on canvas
Travis Louis, Miss Emily Fowler and her Giant Spider, 2015, acrylic on board

I fell in love with Travis Louie’s bizarre Edwardian and Victorian works of art as a college student. So when the opportunity arose to intern at the gallery representing him and all the other contemporary artists I love, I decided to try my luck and apply. Luck was on my side, since I got the internship! His artworks have so much depth and haunting beauty, you just don’t want to take your eyes away. Miss Emily Fowler and Her Giant Spider is a surrealist dream - as Miss Fowler stares coldly at the viewer while her giant spider is dying next to her. There’s a strange sense of welcoming comfort hidden behind the shockingly dark scene.

My Masuimi dress from Pinup Girl Clothing in plum with black trim was a perfect blend of Rothko and Louie. The dress is shorter than other wiggle dresses, so it was perfect for my 5’2” stature. It has a double kick pleat for double the fun, and a show-stopper neckline with lace trim and bust cups. I will be honest, I definitely am not a fan of bust cups but as usual, Pinup Girl made me love something I usual wouldn’t because they do it so well. The dress is made from a comfortable bengaline, so you get the exquisitely high quality look with the comfort of a t-shirt.

I probably could have worn this dress without a bra, but I did wear a balconette bra with no padding to feel more comfortable going out. One of my biggest fears with bust cups is the most dreaded wardrobe malfunction - I’ll take the extra precautions to avoid that! Although the straps slight show - people actually though that was a detail on the dress, so I didn’t feel too uncomfortable that the straps were showing a little. Sometimes bra straps end up adding to the whole outfit as opposed to taking away from it.


I paired the dress with a pair of black suede Steve Madden pumps I’ve had forever and my black Pinup Couture handbag I got for free at the Yardsale (score!). The purse is deceivingly big, which I appreciate so much. It looks so cute and compact on the outside, but it fits my giant makeup bag and wallet - WHAT IS THIS SORCERY?


I’m usually a minimalist when it comes to accessories, so I wore my spider earrings from Insect Diva in honor of Miss Emily Fowler’s Giant Spider and to show my adoration of spiders. I absolutely love Insect Diva’s jewelry because with every item she makes, she also provides information about each of the species in her jewelry, since she has a Ph.D in Entomology. Talk about an inspirational woman!  I wanted the highlight of my accessories to be my earrings - so I chose not to wear a bracelet or necklace.


I hope you enjoyed my homage to two extraordinary artworks. Fashion is art, and art is fashion, after all. Embrace it!

Outfit details:
Dress + Purse: Pinup Girl Clothing
Shoes: Steve Madden
Earrings: Insect Diva
Lipstick: Retro Rouge, Charlotte Olympia for MAC



Miss Ani Holly

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  1. I loved reading this post and getting to know Ani a little through it! How cool that she works in a museum--that's one of my dreams! Her outfit is gorgeous and so exquisitely planned, and she looks much taller than her 5'2" stature!

    1. Glad you liked it -- she's really fabulous! We've chatted some and I read her old blog, which was entirely art-history focused, so when she said she was thinking about starting a style blog, I could not beg her hard enough to take the plunge!

      I feel like that last bit is a common refrain with petite ladies -- I get the 'oh, I thought you were taller' from people I know *all* the time, but I think it's because I'm a very Type A person ;).