When it comes to the way we dress, we like to think our choices can be mini reflections of our inner selves that we’re presenting to the world. It’s an art form of sorts, if you will.
Which is what makes the Instagram account Dressed to Match pretty special in our books. It’s run by Michelle Satterlee, a gallery director in Sacramento, Calif., who also happens to love the art of matching her outfits to actual works of art.
In rare form ✖️🔵🔺 #dressedtomatch . A fab match with Kandinsky’s “Composition VIII” at the @guggenheim! 📷: @artfullyawear ・・・ Vasily Kandinsky said that, “to create a work of art is to create the world.” I’d add that to create a museum is to open up the world to others. Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim tells the story of the individuals who built the museum’s collection, which includes over 150 works by Kandinsky. The exhibition opens to the public on February 10th. #EmptyGuggenheim #GuggVisionaries | 📸 by @markatthemuseum
Satterlee dove into the match-making process back in 2013, when she was scrambling to find a last-minute dress to wear to an opening. According to her she found a pink ombré Diane Von Furstenburg frock that completely reminded her of one of the pieces that would be featured in the show. And sure enough when she got there, it was a match made in heaven.
Spotty dotty 🔴▫️ #dressedtomatch 📷: @kunsthalle.bremen ・・・ Blick in die Sammlung/ insight into our Collection: “Kinder aus Jütland” / “Children from Juetland” (1905) http://www.kunsthalle-bremen.de/sammlung/online-katalog/ #artmuseum #bremen #museum #welttheater #girlsinmuseums #girlsinmuseum #jütland #denmark #jutland
“It really seemed that a collaboration between the designer and artist had taken place,” Satterlee writes on her site. “Needless to say, the match was definitely a topic of conversation that night, so for openings in 2014 and 2015 I purposely found dresses that coordinated [that] art.”
The Instagram account itself has been going strong since 2015, when the gallery director decided to post matches of her art-inspired matches every Friday. Since then the account has accumulated roughly 8,000 followers, and it just seems to keep growing.
Now Satterlee posts all kinds of art-outfit match-ups, and doesn’t just resign herself to traditional canvases for inspiration. She’s using sculptures, installations and more, which in turn is inspiring us to take another look at our closets.
Meta to match 👯🎨 I’m #dressedtomatch this piece I came across at the @philamuseum. It is larger than life, is wearing @katespadeny and is signed “R. Mutt 1917” 🤔🙃😜 #aprilfools #duchampscandal . April is the 100th anniversary of Marcel Duchamp’s artwork titled “Fountain,” which he created by turning a porcelain urinal on its side and signing it “R. Mutt, 1917.” The piece forever changed the course of modern art and this is my homage. Thanks for inviting me to participate, @philamuseum! 🙌🏻
Because like they say, life’s too short to wear boring clothes.