Color is one of the design’s most important elements. And so it should come as no surprise that there are several colors named after the basic elements found in nature, such as “grassy green” or “sky blue.” But then there’s a whole variety of colors named specifically for the people who made them famous, the musicians who custom-mixed them on their palettes, the scientists who created them, the celebrities and the debutants who popularised them.
Read about 6 colors named after people.
1. ALICE BLUE
A pale azure blue named for the daughter of Theodore Roosevelt, Alice Roosevelt Longworth, who was known for wearing colored gowns and thus started a trend. She was also notorious for public smoking and other ways of mischief-making, which prompted her father to announce: “I can either run the country or I can attend to Alice, but I cannot possibly do both.” Alice ice-blue dresses inspired Joseph McCarthy and Harry Tierney’s song “Alice Blue Gown” which premiered in the Broadway musical Irene in 1919.
Isabelline, the pale color of champagne, used to characterise the horses’ coat, but it has an off-putting tradition. In 1601, Spain’s Infanta Isabella Clara Eugenia vowed not to change her undergarments until the siege of Ostend, which lasted three years, was over; another story is that Isabella I of Castile vowed not to remove her undergarments during Granada’s eight-month siege in 1491. Alas, the Oxford English Dictionary disproved both.
3. VERONESE GREEN
Veronese Green, a sea-green shade with a touch of teal, is named after the Italian Renaissance painter Paolo Caliari (1528–1588), who had migrated east to Venice and became known as Paolo Veronese. Veronese was renowned for his over-sized paintings portraying scenes from Greek mythology and the Bible, such as The Feast in Levi’s House (1573). He used his hand-mixed paint colors as a storytelling technique in those masterpieces to create dramatic architectural environments and landscapes, often with evocative green skies and trees. Veronese Green has been a widely used hue ever since.