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Inspiring Uses for Flowers from Artists and Designers

If you read our blog on a regular basis then you will have seen that we have mentioned ways you can alter your artificial flowers or create crafts using fake blooms. If you’ve tackled these and are now looking for inspiration for your next floral themed activity take a look at the work of these well-known fashion designers and artists. Before you know it you’ll be sticking twigs to your head gluing flower heads to old dresses.

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Manish Arora

Manish Arora is an Indian fashion designer who works out of New Delhi. He is hugely respected in the fashion world and has held jobs such as creative director of womenswear for French fashion house Paco Rabanne. Seen as the ‘John Galliano of India’ Arora is recognised for his use of bright and bold colours and kitsch motifs of flowers and butterflies.
Arora uses crafts such as beading, applique and embroidery to make show stopping outfits that impress. Take inspiration from the fashion designer and have a go at making your own outfit using flower heads as decoration. All you need is a good glue gun and a vision!

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Georgia O’Keeffe

Georgia O’Keeffe was an American artist famed amongst the New York art community. She first became famous in 1916 when she created large-format paintings of enlarged blossoms, showing them up close as if magnified in a way never seen by the naked eye before.
Deemed as the mother of American Modernism, O’Keeffe spent many of her summers in New Mexico where she eventually moved in 1949. During her time there she created many art pieces depicting subject’s specific to the area, her most famous being of animal skulls and flowers.
O’Keeffe found these cow and horse skulls fascinating and described why she teamed them with flowers as,
“when someone came to the kitchen door. As I went to answer the door, I stuck a pink rose in the eye socket of a horse’s skull. And when I came back the rose looked pretty fine, so I thought I would just go with that.” These surreal images were particularly favoured by Hispanics who traditionally decorate their graves with artificial flowers.
Are you handy with a paintbrush? Create a set up with some ornaments and artificial flowers of choice and get practicing!


Fashion house Dior have long been fond of flowers and this can be seen in their fashion shows. In their 2010-11 Autumn/Winter Haute Couture fashion show designer John Galliano created a blooming garden in the Paris Rodin Museum that saw the runway topped with a hugely oversized golden orange artificial flower.
Models heads were wrapped in clear plastic as if they were bouquets of flowers and skirts and dresses were cut so they were tulip shaped. Silk hydrangeas were seen on jackets, coats had petal collars and prints were used of lilacs and delphiniums.
2012 saw floral influences too with Raf Simons’ Autumn couture show set in salons lined with wall-to-wall flowers. Each room was colour themed with its very own flower. The blue room used delphiniums, the white room orchids, the yellow room mimosa, and so on. Over a million flower heads were used to transport guests to Christian Dior’s childhood garden in Granville, Normandy.
If you like the idea of having a wall of flowers start off simple. Cover a canvas picture or bed head with flowers or get creative and create some floral covered typography as art for your living room walls.


Lena Yelagina and Olga Meshcheryakova

Less known the other designers and artists, Yelagina and Meshcheryakova’s work was shown in New York’s couture fashion week in autumn 2011. The ‘Arrangement Collection’ was a creation by these two designers and Alaric Flower Design, a full-service floral design studio based in the New York area.
The event showcased strapless mini dresses entirely covered in orchids, a skirt made of buttercup like flowers and a dress with a white ball bottom made completely of white roses.

Did learning about these famous designers and artists inspire you to get crafty with artificial flowers? Well, stay tuned for tutorials!

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