Integration between fashion and art has always remained a matter of debate. Today, the two worlds are closer than any time before. Increasingly, designers are taking inspiration from the world of art to give shape to their works.
Missoni Echoes ACT UP
The remarkable zigzag print is what makes the Italian fashion industry so much revered in the world. The owners of the brand are quite serious about art. Their new collection has come up with the pink triangle and knitted ankhs designed by the art collective Gran Fury. They symbolize none other than acceptance and inclusion in a chaotic world.
Jil Sander Riffs on Minimalism
Both of Jill Sander’s collection (man and woman) promotes a clean and spare look. Recently the Italian fashion house took it to a new level, through their designs that are exact allusion to the Minimalist movement itself. Inspiration was derived from 1940’s famous novel Independent People, for which Halldór Laxness Nobel prize in literature.
Diane von Furstenberg Inspired by Gilles Larrain
Gilles Larrain’s Idols is one of the most remarkable photo books out there. It was a bold step toward the inclusion of transvestites. Larrain’s quirky styling and clashing patterns depicted in the book have had much to do with the collection.
3.1 Phillip Lim Vibes with James Turrell
The tone of Phillip Lim’s fall collection is an apparent inspiration from light installations by James Turrell. One of these is a t-shirt exhibiting the artist’s sun-and-moon artworks; whereas the other items are indicative of the Light and Space artist’s color sensibility.
Prada’s Tribute to Robert McGinnis
Many of us don’t know that Miuccia Prada holds a Ph.D. in political science, which makes her design conspicuous especially for intellectuals. This fall the distinction became more visible with the bombshells Robert E. McGinnis designed to bless the covers of a number of novels along with the poster for Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Salvatore Ferragamo Inspired by Serge Lutens
Salvatore Ferragamo is credited with the invention the stiletto, which changed the definition of fashion. The brand has found inspiration for their fall collection in experimental filmmaker Serge Lutens’s 70’s TV campaigns for Jun Ropé, which is by the way surrealistic in nature.
Valentino X Jamie Reid and Nathalie du Pasquier
Art is a form of statement. Pierpaolo Piccoli found inspiration in artist Jamie Reid’s work dubbed as (“Beauty Is a Birthright: Reclaim Your Heritage”). And the result is the motto appearing on accessories, sweaters, and outwears.
Piccoli, on the other hand, worked in association with George Sowden and Nathalie du Pasquier (founders of Memphis Group) for women’s clothing. Wild prints and school pastel prints beautified fur overcoat, gowns, and dresses.
AKRIS Featuring Rodney Graham
Albert Kriemler turned the tide by getting imagery from a couple of coat-themed Rodney Graham installations on the backs of some outerwear.
Stella McCartney Goes Back to George Stubbs
Stella McCartney decided to go for artwork by English painter George Stubbs. The difference is instead of an entire collection, he followed only one piece: A Horse Frightened by a Lion (1770). The painting is to be found printed on a trouser, shirt, or gown.
Sonia Rykiel Looks to Niki de Saint Phalle
Late Niki de Saint Phalle earned fame for both his work and wardrobe. Sonia Rykiel did not go far to make his collection exotic with the artist’s paintings (“Les nanas aux pouvoir”)