New Year's Eve Style Inspiration at the CMA

Ringing in the New Year at a big bash?  The museum’s collection can help you with timeless style. 

Here’s to Forever


Miniature Mountain with Daoist Paradise, 1736-1795. China, Qing dynasty (1644-1911), Qianlong reign (1736-1795). green jade with brown markings, Overall: h. 17.50 cm (6 7/8 inches). Anonymous Memorial Gift 1941.594

Forever might seem like an impossible mission.  But, that was the idea behind this green mountain scene.  Jade, prized in China from ancient times for special powers, was often used in tombs to safeguard the deceased for eternity.  This particular jade sculpture was made in 18th century China perhaps for a Chinese Daoist practitioner. This mountain paradise was thought the abode of individuals who had attained immortality. (Visit this work in the galleries to get a good look at the small figures who call this auspicious scene home.) 

Set off against the bright winter, a rich green dress will make you feel immortal and imbued with special powers. Green not your taste?  Add a jade statement necklace to an all-black ensemble.

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Father Time


Console Table Depicting Chronos, or Father Time (top), c. 1700. Italy, probably Rome, late 17th-early 18th Century, painted and gilded wood, marble top, Overall: 95.30 x 107.30 x 62.90 cm (37 1/2 x 42 3/16 x 24 3/4 inches). Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Collection by exchange 1968.31.

Times keeps marching on, but you don’t need to look like that gets you down.  This console table shows Father Time looking rather svelte.  And, why shouldn’t he put his best leg forward?  He is gilt in rich gold for the occasion.  

While this figure’s harvesting scythe might be frowned on as a party-appropriate accessory, the gold is always in season.  A simple gold sheath dress has a classic appeal, but a draped gold dress would add a bit of the goddess to your style.  For a subtle look, add a gold sequined hair clip or scarf to a little black dress. 

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High Contrast


Illustration (Typhoon), 1914-1915. Edward Alexander Wadsworth (British, 1889-1949) woodcut, Sheet: 31.30 x 27.70 cm (12 5/16 x 10 7/8 inches); Image: 29.00 x 25.40 cm (11 3/8 x 10 inches). John L. Severance Fund 1987.50.

Many artists use stark contrast to make the most of their image.  This artist, Alexander Wadsworth, tried to put his excitement about innovation onto the page.  Even though this is a still image, it still seems to spark with energy like a vortex on pause. 

Start your new year right by showing your energy and power with a black and white ensemble.  Bold checks are particularly big this season. 

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