When Art meets Fashion

A couple of weeks ago, I spent my Saturday afternoon in the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), located in the heart of the Melbourne Arts Precinct of Southbank. The actual building is a piece of artwork in itself, impressively extravagant, towering over everyone and everything below it.  

As I walked around each level of NGV and discovered collections from international photography to late modern and contemporaneity art, not only was it very therapeutic I started to think about how we see elements of artwork throughout history being reworked into the runway.

Pablo PICCASO - Weeping Woman (1937)

Pablo PICCASO - Weeping Woman (1937)

Andy WARHOL - Self-portrait no. 9 (1986)

Andy WARHOL - Self-portrait no. 9 (1986)

Mikala DWYER - I. O. U. (1998)

Mikala DWYER - I. O. U. (1998)

Wedhar RIYADI  

Wedhar RIYADI

 

Luke RUDOLF - Portrait no. 24 (2010)

Luke RUDOLF - Portrait no. 24 (2010)

Janet BURCHILL, Jennifer McCAMLEY - Eat cake (Lavender) (2013)  

Janet BURCHILL, Jennifer McCAMLEY - Eat cake (Lavender) (2013)

 

Andy Warhol - Portrait of Loti (1981)

Andy Warhol - Portrait of Loti (1981)

Kohei NAWA - PixCell-Red Deer (2012)

Kohei NAWA - PixCell-Red Deer (2012)

Throughout the years, designers have found their inspiration from the world of art and lately it seems as though that influence has re-emerged.  With a creative frame of mind and a determination to push all boundaries while making sure luxe is never lost in the mix, art has become the fashion industry's latest muse. 

There is a juxtaposition between fine art and street art portrayed throughout numerous collections, turning each garnment into a wearable piece of art.  The Chanel Spring/Summer 2014 collection featured striking colour palettes, abstract prints combined with eccentric tweed detailing and the unforgettable canvas back pack covered in graffiti. Karl turned the The Grand Palais into his own electrifying art gallery .  

Chanel Spring/Summer 2014 - pictures via style.com

 

Whereas, the Prada Spring/Summer 2014 collection displayed enchanting illustrations, capturing the essence of portraiture and hand crafted detailing. Rich and textured pieces turned the runway into a powerful art exhibition and in true Miuccia style, feminine elements didn't go unnoticed.  

Prada Spring/Summer 2014 - pictures via style.com

 

Phoebe Philo showed us the world of brush strokes, paint swatches and endless colour. A fusion of bold prints resulted in a technicolour masterpiece for the Céline Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear collection. The modernistic shapes and the way each print came together, was truly infatuating. Pure Parisian chic at its finest. 

Céline Spring 2014 RTW - pictures via style.com

 

Current art inspired trends:

Fendi Bag Bug Earmuffs 

Fendi Bag Bug Earmuffs 

Chanel Couture Sneakers

Chanel Couture Sneakers

Christian Dior Fusion Sneaker 

Christian Dior Fusion Sneaker 

Fendi Fur Mini Monster Baguette Bag

Fendi Fur Mini Monster Baguette Bag