Both fashion and interior designers derive inspiration from all sorts of things in the world around them, and nature is certainly one of the most influential. From the animal kingdom to the night sky, the Earth provides an endless source of beautiful imagery.

Chloé Spring/Summer 2015 and the Painted Desert

The graceful drapery of this gown evokes the dramatic, sweeping vistas of the world-famous Painted Desert in Arizona, USA.

 Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2010 and moths

This dress from one of the beloved designer’s last collections brings to mind the striking patterns on this particular type of moth.

Elie Saab Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014 and the Northern Lights

The Northern Lights (or aurora borealis) appear when solar particles enter the Earth’s atmosphere and interact with atoms of oxygen and nitrogen. This flowing ombre silk gown reflects the swirls of brilliant color produced in the sky by this awe-inspiring phenomenon.

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