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5 Ways to Add Dramatic Flair to Your Outfit With Baroque Fashion

Photo: Instagram/@zuhairmuradofficial

Photo: Instagram/@zuhairmuradofficial

What do newlywed Sofia Vergara and King Louis XIV have in common? An appreciation for baroque fashion. Designer Zuhair Murad, who created the opulent wedding dress for the Modern Family actress, posted a picture highlighting the detachable skirt, opulent embroidery, and intricate embellishments.

“Baroque” is a European art movement which came into existence in the 17th century, during the reign of King Louis XIV, and which lasted until the early 18th century. The signature aesthetic of this era was characterized by drama, opulence, and extravagance that flourished throughout the worlds of art, architecture, and music. As for fashion, ornate details, gilded filigree motifs, lace, pearls, patterned materials, and rich textiles were used extensively.

Today, this movement continues to inspire the fashion world, including brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Alexander McQueen, Ashi Studio, and Zuhair Murad, which continue to incorporate details from this grandiose period into their collections. Learn how to include intricate, romantic, and ornate details into your wardrobe ahead of the holiday season.

Make way for pieces featuring rich materials, such as velvet, jacquard, and brocade, into your wardrobe in deep tones such as plum, burgundy, or black.

Alice & Olivia
Loran brocade skirt
US $286; AED/SAR 1,052

The easiest way to incorporate drama without overdoing it is by donning statement accessories. Top off your outfit with pieces that feature lace and embellished details.

Dolce & Gabbana
Lace peep-toe ankle boots
US $773; AED/SAR 2,840

Feel like a queen by swapping your swing coat for a cape—bonus points if it features embroidered details or brocade trimmings.

Simone Rocha
Embellished flocked brocade cape
US $2,090; AED/SAR 7,676

For your next lavish soirée, add some drama and opulence by wearing a gilded embroidered gown.

Embellished appliquéd silk-organza gown
US $8,343; AED/SAR 30,647

Jewelry is a rich way to make a bold statement. Look for filigree motifs, gilded finishing, and dramatic designs to channel your inner royal.

Embellished clip-on hoops
US $1,075; AED/SAR 3,948

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