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Sonia Delaunay

Through her art and work, Sonia Delaunay blurred the lines between poetry, fashion, and fine art. Delauney studied drawing and printmaking before exploring the possibilities of mixed media and simultaneous contrast, where two pieces placed next to each other influence each other. She created dresses, book bindings, and frames for poems using simultaneous contrast with bold colors and cubist designs in painted and sewn shapes. After settling in Madrid after World War I, she took commissions to design costumes for operas and ballets around Europe and created a series of “poem dresses” where the relationship between the words and colors shifted with the wearer’s movements. In 1924 she created her own fashion design company, creating clothes that were sold by Liberty’s of London and department stores in New York and Amsterdam, and in 1927 she introduced the concept of prêt-à-porter (ready-to-wear) to an audience at the Sorbonne. She then returned to painting, becoming the first living female artist to have a retrospective show of her work at the Louvre in 1964.

Market at Minho by Sonia Delaunay, 1915
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Market at Minho by Sonia Delaunay, 1915.
Date of Birth
November 14, 1885
Place of Birth
Date of Death
December 5, 1979

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Sonia Delaunay." (Viewed on November 14, 2018) <>.


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