“Dazzle painting,” devised in Britain during WWI, was based on the theory that its complex optical patterns would confuse enemy naval rangefinders by disguising a ship’s speed and direction. The concept was supposedly invented by marine painter (and wartime camoufleur) Norman L. Wilkinson.
ss, empire 1918 Russian Fleet
Fiat Strada painted in dazzle design by Patricia van Lubeck, 1990 © Courtesy DPM. Photo: Patricia van Lubeck (via tate modern)
“Dazzle-ships in Drydock at Liverpool” (1919 ) by Edward Wadsworth ( via commons.wikimedia)
Dress by c.neeon (via fashionfreax)