The art of fashion

25/04/2014

Ginta Lapina in Art Throb editorial, Allure US February 2014, photography: Regan Cameron, styling: Siobhan Bonnouvrier
Who wouldn't remember Dali's inspired Lobster or Tears gowns designed by Elsa Schiaparelli, Christian Dior love for Renoir, Monet, Degas and Manet, Yves Saint Laurent Mondrian, Picasso or Matisse dresses, Wharhols works coming to life thanks to Gianni Versace, magnificent Gruau-inspired Dior Haute Couture created by John Galliano in 2009, Raf Simons' Spring 2012 Picasso collection for Jil Sander or Rodartes van Gogh?

The concept of fashion as an artistic medium is anything but new. Providing an endless source of emotional and colourful inspiration for the designers, art employs fashion as one of the most straight forward ways to communicate with the larger audience who may not always be aware of the particular artists or works, but will, however, understand the aesthetics of one-of-a-kind garments and the emotional value of such designs. As a result of this relationship, fashion allows us to connect with art, discover the unknown, appreciate the favourites, exchange ideas and ultimately express ourselves through the clothes we wear. 

I've always said that fashion is a form of art for me. I equally love both of them and would feel incomplete should one suddenly went missing from my life. Thinking back, it was the art that I was introduced to first - and I do thank my parents for all those heavy volumes of art albums, trips to the galleries and a few precious paintings we had at home. It definitely made a difference to how I see the world around me these days and, in fact, the way I see clothes and fashion also.

Needless to say, I loved the Spring 2014 collections beyond words. Not only because I felt connected to the lines, fabrics, colours and details, but also because I saw an opportunity to learn something new (and wish I had a degree in art or at least read more books on the subject!), fill the gaps and connect the dots, so to speak. 

This post is an absolute labour of love - it might have taken me a while to do a bit of research, find the works and match them to the looks, but I really enjoyed the process. And I sincerely hope you like the result, too. 

Adeam Spring/Summer 2014 inspired by hydrangea flower cells viewed underneath a microscope
Adeam Spring/Summer 2014 inspired by hydrangea flower cells viewed underneath a microscope

Andrew Gn Spring/Summer 2014 is a mix of Gio Ponti, Carlo Mollino, Fernand Leger, Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso and Teter Doig
Andrew Gn Spring/Summer 2014 is a mix of Gio Ponti, Carlo Mollino, Fernand Leger, Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso and Peter Doig

Paul Gauguin works, and the Magician  of Hiva Oa in particular, inspired Aquilano.Rimondi Spring/Summer 2014 collection
Paul Gauguin works, and the Magician  of Hiva Oa in particular, inspired Aquilano.Rimondi

Carolina Herrera referenced kinetic art and irks of Carlos Cruz-Diez and Jesus Rafael Soto
In her Spring/Summer 2014 collection Carolina Herrera referenced kinetic art and irks of Carlos Cruz-Diez and Jesus Rafael Soto

the bright hand woven threads of this look from Calvin Klein Spring 2014 collection reminded me of the Gio Ponti's Drawn Letters
Although Francisco Costa didn't refer to any particular artist, the bright hand woven threads of this look from Calvin Klein Spring 2014 collection reminded me of the Gio Ponti's Drawn Letters

Jean-Charles de Castelbajac turned to the vibrant Ellsworth Kelly palette of red, green and blue as well as The Kiss by Brancusi
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac turned to the vibrant Ellsworth Kelly palette of red, green and blue as well as The Kiss by Brancusi - unofficially and in my humble opinion, there's a lot of Picasso vibe going on there, too.

Celine woman was like a Tony Viramontes illustration sprung to life, with a bit of inspiration from Kandinsky art work
According to style.com, "Celine woman was like a Tony Viramontes illustration sprung to life", but I also thought how much those prints reminded me of Kandinsky abstract paintings

The dress made of vinyl feathers of Pantone colour was one of the most beautiful pieces in Hussain Chalayan collection
The dress made of vinyl feathers of Pantone colour was one of the most beautiful and elaborate pieces in Hussain Chalayan collection

For his Spring 2014 collection Lagerfeld dreamed dresses inspired by Jeff Koons and Ugo Rondinone
For his Spring 2014 collection Lagerfeld dreamed dresses inspired by Jeff Koons and Ugo Rondinone

Clare Waight Keller might not have though of it, but this beautiful sweater really resembles the brush strokes of a Monet landscape
Clare Waight Keller might not have though of it, but this beautiful sweater really resembles the brush strokes of a Monet landscape. At least, for me. 

the bright and colourful Jeremy Scott collection designed in partnership with Kenny Scharf
Back to Earth and the bright and colourful Jeremy Scott collection designed in partnership with Kenny Scharf

It was the iconic Danish architect and designer Arne Jacobsen whose works inspired the Spring/Summer 2014 Lela Rose collection
It was the iconic Danish architect and designer Arne Jacobsen whose works inspired the Spring/Summer 2014 Lela Rose collection

Kate Moss, Guinivere Van Seenus and Amber Valletta were among the most recognisable faces  photographed by Glen Luchford back in 1990s and recreated as prints in the Spring/Summer Giles Deacon collection
Kate Moss, Guinivere Van Seenus and Amber Valletta were among the most recognisable faces  photographed by Glen Luchford back in 1990s and recreated as prints in the Spring/Summer Giles Deacon collection - this particular image comes from the Prada Fall 1997 campaign

The vibrant and beautiful world of Frida Kahlo paintings, flamenco dancers, Mexican churches and the Moors is where the Spring/Summer 2014 Naeem Khan collection was born
The vibrant and beautiful world of Frida Kahlo paintings, flamenco dancers, Mexican churches and the Moors is where the Spring/Summer 2014 Naeem Khan collection was born.

It was political street art, South America, Mexico and works of Richard Lindner that inspired Prada collection this time
Oh, Miuccia, one of the art world champions, she will always find and create something truly special. It was political street art, South America, Mexico and works of Richard Lindner that inspired Prada collection this time.

The more I admired the works of Sergio Rodrigues, Robert Ryman and Piero Manzoni that inspired Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough, the more I loved their Proenza Schouler Spring/Summer  2014 collection.
The more I admired the works of Sergio Rodrigues, Robert Ryman and Piero Manzoni that inspired Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough, the more I loved their Proenza Schouler Spring/Summer  2014 collection. 

And that's it. Now I am off to London to see a very special exhibition and maybe stop by Laduree on my way back. Really hope it's not going to rain...

Photo source: Ginta Lapina in Art Throb editorial, Allure US February 2014 (photography: Regan Cameron, styling: Siobhan Bonnouvrier), runway photos via style.com, wikipaintings, Tate, academic, ArtRegards, Flickr, Artnet, Design Museum, Digital botanic garden, ArtBlart, Boston, Soto, Design catwalk

28 comments:

  1. Wow this is a beautiful post! It is impressive to see how close the patterns and colours are. Xo, Alexandra

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  2. Natalia! How amazing is this post!! It again proves that you know EVERYTHING about fashion - and that you are a very litterate (is that the right word?) person! How informative to see all these inspirations, I know that many designers get their inspiration from art, but it's so great to see exactly what and who... Btw I love Gaugain, no idea his painting was used in fashion! Bravo for this post, and I've said it before but you really should apply at Vogue :)

    xx

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  3. Ok and I want you to know I read the post again haha. You are totally right about the Monet and Brancusi, how did you came up with that? I see because it's in front of me, but I would never thought of it myself... Have a great time in London and go crazy at Ladurée, a post like this deserves a little treat!!

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  4. Great post! Fashion is art so they go hand in hand for me, I am often influenced by various art mediums. I was really inspired by Celine's collection and did an abstract outfit from that recently. I love the Proenza Schouler collection that you included! :)
    /Madison

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  5. The research you did is the clear proof that fashion is a form of art itself, you must have put lots of effort on making it, Im very amazed, you did a masterpiece Natalia! Aquilano Rimondi and Naeem Khan looks are the ones that caught my eye soon. Have fun in London and hope it wont rain! Enjoy the weekend dear! xo

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  6. Very interesting post. I will be your guest.
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  7. Brilliant post, its amazing to see the role art plays in the creation and inspiration of collections. I loved seeing the prints up close as well. Have a great start to the weekend hun!

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  8. I'va made an article about art an fashion on http://charlojiho.blogspot.fr/2014/04/des-toiles-de-grands-maitres-bientot.html#more And I love this concept !

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  9. Art and fashion is a perfect combo, love these pics!

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  10. I absolutely love this post Natalia! I can tell you put in hard work in this ;)It's amazing and i love knowing more about designers and seeing their work!
    I wish you the best of luck with the Company style blogger awards! I voted for you xx
    I’d love for us to keep in touch via GFC. Let me know on my blog, I’ll be sure to follow back! :)



    Hope you're having a lovely Friday!xx

    ♥ ♡ ♥ ♡ Creme de la Chic ♥ ♡ ♥ ♡

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  11. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Have a great weekend,

    Nicole

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  12. What a beautiful post, Natalia - all of the fashion pieces and inspirations match just perfectly!
    xox,
    Cee

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  13. Natalia your every post is worth of a fashion magazine. Thank you for the recap of all art-inspired collections, I love them!
    Baci,
    Coco
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  14. Natalia, this post was exquisite! You did a spectacular job at matching these. It was so awesome to look at. I'm a fan of art also. Art and fashion definitely compliment one another. Just gorgeous! Have an amazing weekend! Those exhibits are going to be lovely. Lots to look forward to :)
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  15. Wonderful post. I look forward to your next post.
    Beautetude

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  16. Fashion is very much a form of art! Great post!

    Abby
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  17. Fashion is art, nobody could tell differently, to me Karl Lagerfeld, Gianni Versace are real artists!
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  18. I love it that you are so well educated in fashion, it shines through that you truly know fashion. I will go and vote now. xo Caroline

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  19. So cool pictures! Have a super evening:)

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  20. Fantastic pictures ,a lot of inspirations!

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  21. Yes have to love the fusion of art and fashion!

    Allie of ALLIE NYC
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  22. Beautifully executed post! Thank you for putting it together. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it!
    Cheers (and following),
    L A
    .Ravishing-Ruby.blogspot.com.

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  23. wow I love these dresses! such beautiful prints and designs!

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    xx

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  24. Наташенька,спасибо Вас за это неимоверно интересное путешествие в мир художественный и в мир моды!!!
    Вы совершенно правы сказав что любовь и интерес к искусству превносят наши родители!
    Чувство красоты и понимания самых тонких деталей в настоящем мастерство художника или дизайнера-это талант! И он присутствует в Вас в полной мере и приносит столько радости и наслаждения Вашим читателям!

    Искренне,
    Ваша В.

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