by Mitchelle Uzorka
When designers found their inspiration in artists, painters and sculptures, art became art. And our wardrobes were never the same.
• Comme des Garçons’ Spring/Summer ‘18 Runway—Inspired by Arcimboldo’s Vertumnus (1590-1591)
The 16th-century Mannerist painter was not afraid to step out of the box with his surreal portraits composed of fruits and vegetables—and Comme des Garçons’ approach was no different. The designer exhibited avant-garde dresses with Arcimboldo’s painting serving as the fabric and volumunous hairdos to match.
• Uniqlo SPRZ NY Keith Haring Graphic T-Shirts–Inspired by Keith Haring Doodles (2019)
The popular pop art/graffiti artist of the 1980s made a comeback by taking a turn into the world of fashion. The graphic tees give off a laid-back vibe, echoing the spirit of Haring’s street style inspiration while displaying his clever doodles.
• Versace – Andy Warhol
Spring 1991. Gianni Versace creates a collection inspired by Andy Warhol’s colourful portraits of Marilyn Monroe and other famous people. Look at this fabulous total look – one shoulder tight jumpsuit.
• Fashion designers and artists collaborate outside their comfort zones to create mediums for rich conversation.
• Subculture fashion staples tend to influence mainstream fashion culture over time.
• African fashion culture varies according to region, and maintains a few consistencies.
The world of art, fashion and design have always been together or at least connected in a way. Creative industries love collaborations as well as inspiring one another. Not only Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol, that we know as great painters, designed dresses, but there are also many fashion designers who actually created garments or fashion pieces which were directly inspired by the works of world known artists.