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Applique to Trompe l’Oeil: A Brief Fashion & Style Lexicon

Tell me you already know what Trompe l’Oeil means and I’ll give you 20 Monopoly dollars right now! I like to think of my self as smart–well-educated, intelligent, bright. I read the dictionary for fun as a kid for crying out loud. My vocabulary on fleek.

Fashion seems to be in my blood. I tried to escape it for most of my life, using my style as the only means of asserting my individuality in a household of strong personalities. Still, I couldn’t seem to get away from it and now I consider myself a bit of a fashion and style expert. With that being said, I still didn’t know what the hell Trompe l’Oeil meant until I sat down to write this post.

lobster-dress2Trompe l’Oeil isn’t exclusive to fashion. Trompe l’oeil is basically an optical illusion and was made popular by Elsa Schiaparelli’s infamous lobster dress, which was a white silk dress with a lobster painted onto it, courtesy of Salvador Dalí.

There are a bevy of fashion and style terms and words out there. Check out some of the links below for a few. Did you discover any new ones you’d never heard of or didn’t previously know?

Leave a comment below and let us know.


WhoWhatWear’s Fashion Terms Decoded

History of Clothing Terminology

The Vogue Glossary A-Z

Biz Chick’s Fashion Glossary

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