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Painted Ladies: Six Runway Looks Inspired by the Works of Gustav Klimt

Klimt is in the air. The Austrian artist is the subject of a current show at the Pinacothèque de Paris, which bowed just in time for the fashion set to descend upon Europe. On April 2, New York’s Neue Galerie will debut Gustav Klimt and Adele Bloch-Bauer: The Woman in Gold, a companion piece to Woman in Gold, the new film that features Klimt’s storied Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I. The movie, starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds, chronicles the court battle of Bloch-Bauer’s niece to recover five Klimt works confiscated by Nazi troops, and opens next week. Entertainment isn’t the only industry getting in on the action. Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri name-checked Klimt’s muse Emilie Flöge backstage at Valentino’s Fall show, and sent out fox-fur coats brushed in gold, a fitting nod to that famous Klimtian luminescence if ever there was one. And in past seasons, designers as varied as Tory Burch, Rick Owens, L’Wren Scott, and Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy have cited his oeuvre as an inspiration. Click through the slideshow above for six of our favorite looks from over the years, and see our coverage of the Neue’s show here.

—Kristin Anderson,

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