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Floral Favorites for Fall

Poppies, tulips, and irises inspire warm thoughts for a chilly season

Take cues from our newest additions and fan favorites to add an unexpected floral twist to your fall look. Whether you’re looking to refresh your home or spice up your wardrobe, look no further than these botanical designs borrowed from throughout The Met collection.

 

Floral Clutch Purse Ornament

Add a fashionable floral twist to your holiday tree with this playful ornament. Designed to complement our 21-year tradition of shoe ornaments, all adapted from the more than 35,000 costumes and accessories in The Costume Institute at The Met, the original silk and plastic clutch was made in France about 1930–40; it boasts a chinoiserie floral pattern and a fanciful clasp in the form of a tiny figure sitting on a bench.

 

William Morris Marigold Ruana

Wrap yourself in art on chilly days with our William Morris Marigold Ruana. A key figure in the Arts and Crafts movement, William Morris (British, 1834–1896) designed beautiful, handcrafted household objects that elevated decorative pieces to the realm of fine art—celebrated by the pattern of our ruana. Today, he is best known for his densely patterned, nature-inspired wallpaper and textiles, which he created over a 30-year period. Hand block-printed in 1875 by Morris & Co., Marigold is among his most enduring wallpaper designs. Our example of this iconic design was gifted to the museum by Edward C. Moore, the American silversmith, art collector, and benefactor of The Met. Moore himself made a lasting impact on the world of art and design as the head of design and manufacture of silver objects at New York’s Tiffany & Co. and collected extensively both for his personal enjoyment and as an archive to inspire his creations.

 

Van Gogh Irises Socks

Keep toes toasty in crisper weather. Our whimsical floral socks draw inspiration from Vincent van Gogh’s (Dutch, 1853–1890) Irises in The Met collection, one of four lush still lifes that Van Gogh completed in 1890, prior to his departure from the asylum in Saint-Rémy. Over the course of his decade-long career he produced nearly 900 paintings and more than 1,100 works on paper.

 

William Morris Compton Scarf

Don’t be afraid to keep things light for fall! Our silk crêpe de chine scarf echoes the lush colors and rich botanical and floral motif of John Henry Dearle’s (British, 1860–1932) 1896 wallpaper design entitled Compton. Dearle, chief designer of William Morris’s (British, 1834–1896) interior design firm Morris & Co, used two different shades of green, as well as pink and blue pastels for the poppies and tulips in his wallpaper. Our elegant scarf borrows this iconic motif re-imagined in an autumnal color palette perfect for fall’s changing leaves.

 

Delacroix Basket of Flowers Neckerchief

Tie a bouquet of vibrant blooms around your neck, hair, wrist, or handbag for a pop of color from our art-inspired neckerchief. In September 1848, Eugène Delacroix (French, 1798–1863) retreated to his country house to escape the turmoil of post-revolutionary Paris. There he created a group of flower paintings from life, meant for the Salon of 1849. Because of the possibility of frost, he worked quickly and produced five canvases. Shown in detail on our scarf, Basket of Flowers in The Met was one of only two paintings he deemed suitable for the Salon.

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