Art and Fashion– Samuel Lane

After visiting the Yves Saint Laurent exhibition at the Denver Art Museum last week, I couldn’t help but notice the intimate bond that designers share with art/artists.  I think that Yves Saint Laurent made this very apparent when he utilized the styles of Piet Mondrian to create a modern shift dress for his fall ’65 collection.  YSL also vividly captured the complex textures of Vincent Van Gogh in his spring 1988 collection, in which the designer presented beautifully crafted floral jackets that vividly resemble Van Gogh’s flower paintings.  Much like YSL, designers today base their high fashion collections off famous artworks or artists.

Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton collaborated with Richard Prince for Vuitton’s Spring 2008 collection.  The first 12 looks of Jacob’s collection were all elaborate nurse costumes, resembling Prince’s infamous nurse paintings.

Kate and Laura Mulleavy of the New York based fashion house, Rodarte, recently replicated Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” and “Sunflowers” in their Spring 2012 collection, shown in February.

Belgian fashion designer, Dries Van Noten incorporated art very literally in his mens fall 2012 collection where he had artists paint the walls of the set where the fashion show took place.  The relationship between the artist and the model was very intimate as they were both exposed during the show.

Miuccia Prada’s Spring 2008 collection channeled art nouveau, a style that was prevalent during the 1890s-1910s. These garments are detailed with interesting fairy-like figures with long and swirling hair.

Contemporary artist, Terence Koh created a light installation to be worn by the models of Alexander Wang for his online store. This light installation completely covers the face of the model so the viewer is forced to focus only on the clothing.



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