Diane von Furstenberg: “Ronald has been collecting for years and was ambassador in Vienna. There’s a lot of story behind the whole thing — love, passion and real heritage. How will [the painting] affect fashion? Well, fashion is mysterious. You never know.”

Carolina Herrera: “Klimt always had a touch of excess in his paintings. There’s a lot to be inspired by. I see a lot of gold and silver lamé.”

Bryan Bradley, Tuleh: “This kind of thing typically does have an impact on designers. It generates pictures, talk, magazine profiles and becomes part of the zeitgeist, and that’s what we designers mine.”

Georgina Chapman, Marchesa: “What’s interesting about Klimt from a designer’s point of view are his textures, the detailed fabrications. You can take patches of his paintings and study them — each little piece of his painting has a life of its own.”

Colleen Sherin, Saks Fifth Avenue: “I see it having an eveningwear influence, certainly the importance of gold and highly decorative elements: mosaic prints and geometric embellishments. And chokers or Byzantine-inspired jewelry, as well as beauty, the rosy cheeks, sensual lips and soft hair.”

Valerie Steele, Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology: “We like decoration; we like opulence. This picture is precisely the kind of thing that would influence designers because it’s so lush and rich. Also, because the surfaces of Klimt’s work are so incredibly intense, I think it’s going to have a real impact on photographers and stylists.”

Behnaz Sarafpour: “The way Klimt mixes colors and patterns together, it’s very organic. And fashion today is so eclectic and so mixed.”

Renee Price, Neue Galerie: “A lot of women find comfort in this femininity and sensuality — you can’t go wrong. I think it will influence designers, jewelers, all types of creative people. I mean, think of a powder compact you could do, all encrusted with jewels.”

Kathryn Bonanno-Patrizzi, professional gemologist and jewelry consultant: “You see this woman with the very high dog collar and her multiple bracelets. It’s a return to glamour that can only help because we’re all lacking a bit of glamour in today’s world.”

This story first appeared in the July 5, 2006 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

Cynthia Rowley: “Klimt’s work is the perfect combination of art and fashion. It’s ornamentation, for sure, but still sort of somber-ish — like a beautiful, decrepit opulence.”

Julie Gilhart, Barneys New York: “It’s not just the beauty of the woman that’s captivating, it’s the things that encase her. It’s about texture and surface, pattern, shape and form, all of which sound generic, but are very instrumental elements to fashion design. And, you know, she’s definitely a jewelry girl.”

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