Is your favorite party dress imitating modern art? Believe it or not, yes! Artwork from Piet Mondrian, Andy Warhol and even Salvador Dali, helped shape some of fashions most icon modern styles.
It just goes to show, art isn’t limited to your walls.
Yves Saint Laurent debuted the Mondrian Dress in his 1965 Mondrian Collection. The designer created six dresses featuring the styles of Piet Mondrian’s iconic color blocking art. Laurent individualized each garment piece by highlighting a single color.
This technique, along with Laurent’s precise cutting methods, added to the allure. Vogue Magazine featured the fashionable garment on a cover photo resulting in even wider appeal. Laurent was a known fan of Mondrian and for his love of fine art.
Mondrian is purity and one can go no further in purity in painting. This is a purity that joins with that of the Bauhaus. The masterpiece of the twentieth century is a Mondrian. —Yves Saint Laurent.
Andy Warhol paved the way for turning modern pop art into wearable fashion. His influential “Campbell Soup Can” piece was printed on women’s dresses (the perfect garment for an outing to an up-and-coming art gallery). The Campbell Soup company noticed the trend and created a look-alike “Souper Dress.”
Gianni Versace featured Warhol’s “Marilyn Monroe & James Dean” prints on a dress in his 1991 fashion collection. The designer captured the daring style, synonymous with ’90s fashion, using Andy Warhol’s pop art as inspiration.
According to Richard Martin, a leading art and fashion historian, Versace wanted to design for a “visually voracious” youth culture.
Art should invade life.
This was Dalí’s core belief and it led him to the world fashion. Dalí co-designed a dress with renowned fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli. Alongside Christian Dior, he went on to create the “Costume for 2045” dress which depicted a futuristic view of fashion. The artist also contributed cover art for four Vogue Magazine issues.
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