INDIE REWIND: Four Fab Fashion Pieces Inspired by Art
Mar 20, 2012 - by Amanda Gabriele
Art and fashion go together like champagne and caviar - both delectable and both delicious. Some of the world's greatest and most innovative fashion designers have turned to fine art pieces for inspiration. From screen printed soup cans to Piet Mondrian's primary color-charged grids, wearing art on your sleeve is the coolest way, in our opinion, to express yourself. Check out four fab fashion pieces inspired by art and channel your inner gallery to come out and play.
The garment: Yves Saint Laurent " Mondrian" day dress from the autumn 1965 collection
The inspiration: Piet Mondrian's famous grid and primary color paintings, like Composition with Yellow, Red, and Blue, 1927 shown above
The history: As the sack dress evolved into the more figure-flattering shift in the 1960s, YSL saw this new shape as the perfect canvas for color blocking. Looking to contemporary artists who fit in with the 1960's mod vibe, Mondrian's colorfully linear work was a perfect match for the silhouette.
The garment: Alexander McQueen's paint-splattered denim from the Resort 2010 collection
The inspiration: Jackson Pollock's Abstract Expressionist paintings, like Full Fathom Five, 1947 shown above
The history: Solitary with a unpredictable personality, Jackson Pollock's brilliantly violent works came with the preference of using sticks and knives instead of brushes as his primary tools. It's not difficult to see how McQueen was inspired by his paintings, brimming with energy and distress.
The garment: A dress from Prada's fairy print-laden Spring 2008 collection
The inspiration: Art Nouveau works like Willy Pogany's The Young Witch illustration for 1908 edition of Faust
The history: Miuccia Prada was inspired by trippy 60s and 70s illustrations that paid homage to the romantic and mythical artists that came decades before. As always, Prada's literal translation of the past was as chic and edgy as ever.
The garment: The Campbell Soup Company's "Souper" paper dress
The inspiration: Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup Cans, 1962
The history: When consumerism, Pop art and mod paper dresses were peaking in the fashion and art world, Campbell Soup created this dress as a walking advertisement. Inspired by Andy Warhol's collection of 32 Campbell's Soup canvases, you could snag this late 60s dress for $1 and the labels from two Campbell's soup cans.
What do you think of these art-inspired garments? Which would you wear?