CULTURE

Bright Ideas


“I feel lucky when I come across an image that inspires me,” says the writer, director, inventor, and, as of last year, accessories designer Roman Coppola. “Often, I don’t know what it might relate to—but then suddenly the image turns into an idea for a character or a scene for a film. It might even suggest an unexpected entrepreneurial project, such as a color scheme for a bag from my new line Pacific Tote Company.”

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Enoch Bolles’s Redhead in Yellow Suit With Blue Background, 1935. Photograph from Eye3 Images.

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Giacomo Balla’s Iridescent Compenetration, 1913. Courtesy of Giacomo Balla/Private Collection.

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A Japanese magazine cover, 1927. Courtesy of 50 Watts.

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An Indian-head gold coin, 1930. Courtesy of U.S. Mint.

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Saturn. Photograph by NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute.

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Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell’s Still Life of Pink Tulips in a Blue Jar, 1921. Courtesy of Portland Gallery, London.

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William Mortensen’s Joyzelle as Salome, 1930–1939. Photograph by William Mortensen.

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Lauren Bacall, circa 1945. Courtesy of Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images.

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A look from the Strumpet & Pink 2008 collection. Courtesy of designer.

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Dean Cornwell’s A Hasty Exit, 1942. Courtesy of artist.