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Simple Style: Clothes as Art

I love shopping for clothes almost as much as I like buying stuff for my house, and often, I'm seduced by a unique piece of clothing that isn't something I'd actually wear. But — particularly with vintage fashion or items made from beautiful fabrics — some pieces of clothing are just too fabulous to get rid of.

That's why I love the idea of hanging bold clothing items as art, like this vintage velvet jacket (at left). It's a great way to display family heirlooms (think old wedding dresses or baby clothes) that you don't want to toss. Have you hung clothing as art? If so, tell me about it below or share photos in the Su Casa group.

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veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
kinda cute
onepinkminx onepinkminx 9 years
I love the idea of hanging up vintage embroidered chemises and slips in a boudoir. They are too pretty to be kept hidden away in a drawer. Display special pieces like this on a padded or wooden hanger.
Schaianne Schaianne 9 years
Not for me. I had hung an autographed t-shirt hubby got on the wall once and it got so nasty - I'll never do that again.
ALSW ALSW 9 years
I don't mind taking the clothes and turning it into a pillow or something.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I'd be too afraid to ruin the clothing if I hung it up. It could easily be spilled on, ripped or just covered in dust. If you're willing to make sure none of these things happen and your clothes aren't going to be ruined then I say go for it.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i've always dreamed of having dress forms (like 5 or so) with antique dresses on them in a gallery sort of space maybe a library or something like that. i'd have it all temperature and humidity controlled anyway because of all the books!
amberdallas33 amberdallas33 9 years
I've seen it done, but it seems a little contrived to me. If it's an incredibly special antique piece, I might frame it.
oriav9 oriav9 9 years
This style is not 4 me.
caitlinp86 caitlinp86 9 years
I like the idea, I'd put a nice dress up....:)
redsugar redsugar 9 years
I've been in a house with a gorgeous kimono. The display was really cool. They had it on the wall with a piece of bamboo throught he sleeves. It was really slick.
Nan-Einhart Nan-Einhart 9 years
As the Fraggles used to say, on that great show Fraggle Rock, art is meant to be enjoyed. And that goes for vintage clothing as well. If something is too valuable to display and use, it is too valuable to have. And I think I might have worried about dust at some time in my past, but I am pretty much over it. Remember this rule, not from the Fraggles: never dust higher than your tallest friend.
swindygal swindygal 9 years
What about the wear and tear of cleaning the vintage item? Think of the dust!
vienvien vienvien 9 years
I don't like the idea unless in my own sewing room to inspire me . Or if I love to show off that dress, I might as well wear it or take inspirational decorating ideas from the colors , patterns and textures of the dress
laurarose520 laurarose520 9 years
It's a good idea, but it's risky. This idea can be a pack rats worst enemy.
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 9 years
for the longest time I had a multi colored sequin dress on a mannequin in my room just for decoration, everyone loved it! It was so flashy and so me.... I did wear the dress once for a theater performance at school...
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