Gold baroque ornaments, minimalist detailing, pastel embellishments. . . Different fine art periods have always played a huge role in fashion designers’ collections, whether directly or indirectly. Taking art history elements out of their original context, and experimenting with them in modern fashion, always results in something truly extraordinary and fresh, even if the inspiration of the designer comes from the 16th century.
Different fine art periods have always played a huge role in fashion designers’ collections
The diversity of styles, contemporary artists, and sometimes even specific paintings have been used as fashion inspirations from houses such as Chanel and Dior since the 1970’s, and nowadays, even more designers incorporate fine art elements in their collections. While some of the fashion houses (such as Dolce & Gabbana) prefer to look back at classic periods, others (such as Louis Vuitton) continually work together with modern artists on their runway settings and designs.
Seven most famous „collaborations” from the ancient times to modern street art.
At Dior, Raf Simons incorporated Andy Warhol prints and motifs.
The French fashion brand kept their signature style and decided to gather inspiration from the most feminine and clean creations of Andy Warhol. Although the American artist is known for his colorful pop art paintings, we can see the minimalist side of his works at the Dior 2013 fall-winter runway. What makes this collaboration so special is that it looks like Andy Warhol made these paintings and sketches exclusively for the brand─the feminine shoe designs work perfectly with the traditional Dior tailoring and color choice.
The Italian fashion brand goes all the way back to Italian styles. Dolce & Gabbana’s most iconic collection was inspired by one of the most dramatic and exaggerated art periods, and the result was a breathtaking art presentation on clothing items. With the gold details, heavy pearl embellishments, and intense colors, such as black, oxblood, and vivid yellow, the designers’ aim was to embody the lavishing lifestyle and elegance of Italian women.
Damien Hirst and Alexander McQueen are the perfectly twisted, dark fashion duo: the modern artists worked together on the exclusive collection of McQueen’s 2013 show, resulting in a very contemporary and haunting design collaboration. Both artists are known for their love of grotesque, dark elements and discovering the haunted side of art and fashion, which shows in their mutual love for skulls, as well. The collection consisted of special, limited edition silk scarves, and the pieces are representative of both artists, with the mixture of butterflies, skull outlines, and gorgeous color palettes.
Going back all the way to the 1990’s fashion scene, one of the most popular shows in 1991 was based on another art style─pop art. With Versace taking the first step into fashion designers and modern art collaborations, it brought the fashion house thousands of new admirers. Just like pop art itself, the collection was sultry, exciting, and vivid, with iconic colors and images.
Taking a very different direction from Dolce & Gabbana’s Sicilian baroque inspired collection, the French fashion house asked the assistance of a modern artist, Yayoi Kusama. In 2011, the Japanese artist shared and introduced her postmodern vision to Louis Vuitton’s aesthetics, and the whole collection represents the balance between her chaotic, modern style, and LV’s classic pieces. Yayoi Kusama is known for her significant dots ─and with her help, the Louis Vuitton stores turned into literal art exhibitions. The dominant red & white and black & yellow combinations, the placement of the mannequins, the feminine and timeless dresses, and the redesigned LV bags are all little details that bring the whole collection together. Working together with Yayoi Kusama, Louis Vuitton opened a new chapter in the world of fashion collaborations.
The famous fashion brand took a brave step and based their whole 2014 Spring/Summer collection on the most modern form of art─graffiti and street art. The whole collection has a very fresh and youthful vibe from the bold colors to the patterns and modern fur details. The minimalist and eclectic pieces are accentuated with the runway setting and decor, which pull Prada’s beautiful Spring/Summer collection together, making it one of the most talked about fashion shows.
The designers of the famous fashion brand Rodarte could perfectly translate Van Gogh’s masterpieces into beautiful Spring/Summer style dresses. The mixture of pastel blue, midnight purple, and sunflower yellow shades are light, yet daring shades that represent Van Gogh’s most iconic paintings, and besides matching the warmer season, the shades and sunflower patterns also work well together with the A-line dress designs.
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