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
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
In her Spring/Summer 2014 collection Carolina Herrera referenced kinetic art and irks of Carlos Cruz-Diez and Jesus Rafael Soto
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 - unofficially and in my humble opinion, there's a lot of Picasso vibe going on there, too.
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 and elaborate pieces in Hussain Chalayan collection
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. At least, for me.
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
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.
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.
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