The Salacious Inspiration of the Rococo Era
The Rocaille collection was inspired by the French Royal Court, the Rococo era, fluttering underwear, frivolous romance, and organic design. The rococo vibe is perfectly illustrated by Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s most famous painting, The Swing: a lady is sitting on the swing in complete splendor, carefree, throwing her foot so high that she loses her silk slipper. In the background, stone angels are watching terrified how lustfully she is looking at her suitor, who seems to almost faint in his efforts to steal a glance at what’s under the lady’s voluminous skirt.
The word “Rocaille” comes from the french expression for shell ornamentation, which was a popular trend of the Rococo era. Shells, scallops and other sea creatures were featured on the buildings, paintings, and objects of use of the period, rivaling flowers, ribbons, puttos, and other prolific motifs. This was not the time characterised by “less is more”. During Rococo, more was better and even more was the best!
François Boucher: A Female Nude Reclining on a Chaise-Longue
“I especially like pastoral paintings from Rococo, because they depict such an exaggerated idyll that feels entirely unrealistic: princes and princesses in huge silk dresses are painted as they are outside, grazing cows, accompanied by ribboned spaniels. Maybe I am particularly drawn to these paintings because I have experienced similar extremities in the past few months, isolating at home. From going to the grocery store in complete splendor it was only a small jump of my imagination to think that the next time I get to escape into nature I will do so with a picnic basket, surrounded by little lambs and dogs, wearing grandiose dresses.” Melinda
Jean-Honoré Fragonard: Pastoral