Pastel (color)

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Pastel sticks in a variety of colors

Pastels or pastel colors are the family of colors which, when described in the HSV color space, have high value and low to intermediate saturation.[1][2] The name comes from pastels, art media characteristic of this color family. The colors of this family are usually described as "soothing",[3] "soft", "near neutral", "milky", "washed out", "desaturated", and lacking strong chromatic content.

Pink, mauve,[4] and baby blue are typical pastel colors.

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In fashion[edit]

The 1980s saw a huge trend in the use of pastel colors in men's fashion. In particular, the NBC television police series Miami Vice popularized what was already a growing trend even further as its lead character Sonny Crocket (Don Johnson) all but exclusively wore pastel shirts and suits, setting a fashion that stood popular even years after the show ended. The abundance of pastel was also visible in the shooting locations with Art Deco buildings around the Miami area.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gilbert, Beverly Ash (2009). Beaded Colorways: Freeform Beadweaving Projects and Palettes. Cincinnati, OH: North Light Books. p. 13. ISBN 9781600613180. Retrieved July 27, 2013. 
  2. ^ Whitaker, Jerry C. (1996). "Principles of Light, Vision, and Photometry". In Whitaker, Jerry C. The Electronics Handbook. Boca Raton, Fla.: CRC Press. p. 85. ISBN 9780849383458. Retrieved July 27, 2013. 
  3. ^ Clark, Sally (2003). House Beautiful Magazine, ed. House Beautiful Color: Bright Ideas for Every Room. New York: Sterling Publishing Company. p. 27. OCLC 61439232. Retrieved July 22, 2013. 
  4. ^ McCarthy, Michael; Felicity O'Dell (2002). English Vocabulary in Use (Advanced). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. p. 154. ISBN 9780521653978. OCLC 49550686. Retrieved July 27, 2013. 

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