When King Louis XV ruled France, his playfulness and grandiosity was reflected in the passionately ornate art of his people. The Rococo style, delicate and full of whimsy, stayed popular throughout the 18th century - its elegance, however, is timeless.
Today we take inspiration from Rococo when designing vintage wedding invitations. Below you will find examples of our invites, and the frilly french architecture that influenced them.
Classic paintings are often done in Grisaille, or grey monochrome, with only sparse sections of colour. After Grisaille was popularized by painting masters like Rembrandt, it began bleeding into sculpture and architecture - Rococo artists particularly favoured this style, as it was more cost-effective and made a striking contrast against gold ornamentation. To replicate this in our Tea Party Collection, we embossed our demure stationery with gold foil.
Pastel palettes were a reaction to the harsh lighting and stiff, sharp contours of the preceding Baroque period. Shrugging off the bleak Baroque drama, Rococo artists instead experimented with subdued tints of creamy colour, creating an atmosphere of sensual lighthearted whimsy. These soft, dreamy colour are particularly reflected in our Lilian collection.
Rocaille, a combination of the french words for "Rock" and "Shell", was the backbone of the Rococo style. Sweeping asymmetric shapes, often abstract and floral, framed or adorned most Rococo work. Even in figurative paintings, you will find Rocaille influences in the fluid curls of trees and clouds. In the Ava Collection (shown above), you'll see the "S" and "C" shaped scrolls typical of Rocaille.