Now that summer’s officially arrived, it’s time to stock up on—what else?—bathing suits. Sure, there are the obvious outlets for bikini body inspiration--Victoria’s Secret models, Sports Illustrated swimsuit models, models in general flooding your Instagram feed. However, for my own personal swimspiration, I decided to look back at some of the most famous bodies in history—art history, that is.
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To add a modern, summery twist to some of my all-time favorite paintings, I decided to dress them in the season’s hottest swimsuit designers. From sweet ruffles at Zimmerman to the cool-girl cutouts at Mara Hoffman, my swimsuit art turns beautiful painted ladies into modern day beach babes.
The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli showcases the goddess who inspires love—which, by modern day definition, makes her a Trap Queen.
Trap Queen one piece, Shop Private Party.
Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe by Edouard Manet showcases a nude woman on a picnic with two fully dressed men, which naturally sparked much controversy given its, uh, "conservative" 1863 setting. Today, however, she's rocking this adorable ruffle bikini... which matches her discarded dress under the picnic basket.
Mira Bandeau Bikini, Lisa Marie Fernandez
Sleeping Venus by Giorgione, features a languorous, scantily-clad woman, whose curvacious bod mimics the curves of the landscape. So naturally to keep the curve theme going, I dressed her in this adorable white ruffled bikini.
Blue Nude by Henri Matisse (Souvenir of Biskra) showcases a nude woman fashioned by the ladies seen in the Paris Salon—ugly and hard rather than soft and pretty. (Um, kind of harsh.) To tie in with the cool blue colors in the portrait, and to showcase that coarse curvature, we put her in this strappy blue one-piece.
Lattice One Piece, Mara Hoffman.
Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (The Young Ladies of Avignon) by Pablo Picasso uses the nude female body as a symbol of purity. The sexy black swimsuits provide the perfect contrast. Not so innocent now, huh?
Wearing (from left to right) AQ/AQ, Tory Burch, Marysia, Proenza Schouler, Norma Kamali.