The beauty of fashion is all the layers that is to it. We have the commercial fashion, the editorial fashion, street style fashion and so many more. In this week’s Stories we’d like to highlight the artsy aspect of fashion. As everything is art (and art is everything), we do believe in the magic of combining artistic paintings and patterns with the aesthetic of fashion.
History of fashion and art
The combination of art and fashion is not a new phenomenon. One famous combination of art and fashion, is the collaboration between fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli and artist Salvador Dalí. The two combined their artistic minds during the 1930s and the result became the infamous lobster dress. From the pure and conservative fashion of the 1930s, a dress featuring a lobster was of course chocking but nevertheless quite a fun change. Not to mention that it fitted perfeclty in Elsa Schiaparelli’s sweet world of fashion nonsense.
A few decades later, Yves Saint Laurent’s 1965 collection featured works of several artists, including artist Piet Mondrian. The most iconic looks from the collection would be the dresses featuring Mondrian’s minimalistic and geometric patterns. The print of the paintings blended superbly well with the popular A-line silhouette and to this date, these are some of the famous dresses to have been made. The dresses are true to the 1960s core but are timeless in their classic and sophisticated style.
Fashion and art today
Today, collaborations with designers and artist continues. Even though they’re often not as highlighted as they used to be, there have been some gems in the making. A collaboration that gained attraction and was widely appreciated was the 2012 collection of Louis Vuitton. Co-created with Yayoi Kusama, the fashion house and artist made a collection consisting of her famous dots. Another fun collab was between fashion house Marni and artist Rop Van Mierlo in 2013 that featured patterns of animals in popping colors.
Some final notes:
As we do love our history we’d love to see more collaborations that connects the old and new. Not to forget the ability to literally walk around in art, both in its terms of fashion but also by highlighting artists. The mixing of ideas from two worlds to create one, remains an important part of the cultural development of fashion. Even though fashion designers are great at creating their own patterns (hello Mary Katrantzou), it’s still something unique when the best of two unites. Fashion and art is the way to go!
54 thoughts on “Fashion And Art”
If you think about it, fashion is art itself ,all that design and prints are regarded as artworks by talented designers ,so yes it will be nice to see more collaboration between both. Great post . hope you have a lovely weekend.
It is indeed, fashion is definitely art and an achievable one as anyone can do it! Xx
I loved the Yayoi Kusama/LVMH collaboration – to me, fashion is art!
It was so much fun! Xx
Loving the first photo!
Fashion is art and stylists are artists…for sure….and fashion is also a social art ’cause has the power to influence people!
It’s so true! Xx
Great post! It’s so true. I think it’s so interesting when designers blatantly put on an art show for NYFW. Like all the stuff Kanye does, it’s crazy! And now there’s music and everything too. Literally, rappers on the catwalk! Haha. Fashion is 100% art. 🙂
Hope you have a great weekend!
It’s crazy indeed, and fashion is definitely 100% art. So much to be explored though! Xx
Very inspiring <3
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Fashion is definitely art and art is fashion. When one is inspired by the other the result can be stunning!
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It can be indeed, so much talent that is combined! Xx
that colloration w/ LV is awesome!! love the bright color. i know reformation has collaborated w/ artists for the prints on their fabrics and those are often the best prints!
It is indeed, and it got really appreciated too! Xx
I didn’t know about a lot of these fashion + art collaborations, so thanks for sharing! I think the two really do go hand in hand!
They do indeed, so much talent to be shared! Xx
Absolutely love how fashion and art often merge. That’s the beauty of creativity!
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Same here, and it certainly is. Just love the beauty of it! Xx
What a great read! Thanks for sharing xo, sharon
You’re welcome love! Xx
The Fashion Folks
so cool! one of my favorite designers is Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garcons. Her pieces are artwork!
That’s so lovely! She makes lovely pieces indeed, such a great statement! Xx
You are so right. The beauty of fashion is all the layers. So much of it is art. Great post!
Straight A Style
It is indeed, it can be a really pretty world! Xx
Fashion is art and love how designers are always pushing the boundaries. Great post!
Same here, it’s so lovely! Xx
I love this post!!! And that quote is so perfect! 🙂
It’s so good indeed! Xx
Loved this post! Gemma x
Thank you love! Xx
So so true! Absolutely agree. I love the examples that you chose! 🙂 Heard there is a great art/tech exhibit at the art museum in Boston! Wish I lived close enough to go see it. 🙂 XO – Alexandra
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That sounds so great, love to go to fashion exhibitions!! Xx
Love this! I’m a huge art need so I always love seeing fashion and art intertwined!
That’s lovely, love when they’re mixed together! Xx
You must have gone to Parsons.. Are you sure you’re not in my program? You should be! This is exactly what we spend an extraordinary amount of time talking about. Thank you sharing this.
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Gosh woman!! I haven’t and I probably won’t, but lovely to know that you’re discussing fashion in the context of art! Xx
Thank you!! Xx
Fashion is art and vice versa. Such a great post! I love visiting exhibits that features this kind of collab!
It is indeed! Thank you love, so do I, it’s always fun to know more about the thoughts behind! Xx
I love your choice of quote – and how true it is! There’s something very special about seeing fashion and art come together on such a huge scale; some designers merge the two perfectly with flamboyant and dramatic catwalk shows!
IT’s so true indeed, just love it! And yes, love the balance of fashion and art. It’s so graceful! Xx
As an artist I am in love with this post! I love the history you always bring to this blog – it’s so cool. Fashion + art together are magic!
Thank you love, that makes me so happy to hear! Xx
Love the art that is fashion. It always surprises me how creative and groundbreaking some designers and artists can be with their creations. xx
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Same here, it seems like there is no limit to their imagination! Xx
I agree, when they unite, the magic happens! Another wonderful read! 😉
They do indeed, love the combo of the two worlds! Xx
How fun is that quote?! I love when we can view something as fabulous as fashion in an art perspective – it makes it all the more enjoyable!
It’s so good, I love it! Xx
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