The world of art, fashion and design have always been together or at least connected in a way. Creative industries love collaborations as well as inspiring one another. Not only Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol, that we know as great painters, designed dresses, but there are also many fashion designers who actually created garments or fashion pieces which were directly inspired by the works of world known artists. Looking back at some fashion shows, there is a specific list of artists from surrealism to contemporary art geniuses whose paintings actually “walked down the runway”. How do you feel about wearing the art inspired pieces? Is this innovative and chic? You decide…
Have a look at the list of top 7 fashion designers who where inspired by famous paintings.
- Louis Vuitton + Oscar-Claude Monet
Jeff Koons was definitely very into Monet’s paintings. We assume that he especially loves the “Water Lillies” painting as he literally has put it on the different types of LV bags.
- Yves Saint Laurent + Mondrian
This is probably the most popular art-inspired dress. Believe it or not, this modern trapeze knit dress with recognizable colours and simple lines was designed in 1960. That is a total classic!
- Alexander McQueen + Damien Hirst
The British designer – Alexander McQueen had a chance to collaborate with one of the most expensive and influential contemporary artists in the world. Back then, McQueen designed a collection of silk scarves with a variety of colourful butterflies and beetles patterns.
- John Galliano (at Alexander McQueen) + Gustav Klimt
We see the gold paintings of Klimt all the time. Mugs, posters, beauty bags – you can really buy anything with Gustav Klimt’s paintings. John Galliano chose a wiser path and did not just copy the look. He took a deep inspiration in order to create a beautiful Art Nouveau looking piece.
- Elsa Schiaparelli + Salvador Dali
The year 1930 was certainly a breakthrough in the world of haute couture. Elsa Schiaparelli has become popular and is known for bringing the lobster hat to the fashion world. Salvador Dali, not only collaborated with Elsa but also went into fashion design himself. His garments were later worn by the Duchess of Windsor.
- Comme des Garçons + Kazimir Malevich
Geometric shapes and abstract art? It must be the Russian painter Kazimir Malevich. Now look at the Comme des Garçons and spot the similarities. Little hint: geometric forms, fabrics decorations and the optic illusions. Anything else?
- Versace – Andy Warhol
Spring 1991. Gianni Versace creates a collection inspired by Andy Warhol’s colourful portraits of Marilyn Monroe and other famous people. Look at this fabulous total look – one shoulder tight jumpsuit.
Written by: Amelia Krzapa •Editor-in-chief • AIM Magazine