Monday, 30 April 2012

art as fashion - yves saint laurent and rodarte do van gogh

Following on from my last post in my art as fashion series...
Yves Saint Laurent was also inspired  in his designs by many other artistic movements and artists. A year after the 'Mondrian Day Dress' he was inspired by the work of pop artist Tom Wesselman who used simple and bold shapes and colours. In 1988 in his Spring Summer collection there were tributes to cubist painter Georges Braque, whose work was explored through shape as well as print, juxtaposed alongside printed jackets with impressionist and postimpressionist style works of art from artists such as Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh. The bright tones in his floral Van Gogh jackets are particularly striking, the natural complimentary colours of blue and orange in Van Gogh's painting 'Irises'(1888) transfer well to fashion design.

Spring Summer 2012 also showed examples of art appropriation in Rodarte's collection. The sisters were inspired by the abundance, intensity and depth of colour and texture in Van Gogh's landscapes. The colours are suggested throughout the collection, but Van Gogh is specifically referenced in two dresses, one with a repeated print of ‘Sunflowers'(1888) on it and another with 'The Starry Night'(1889). The prints have a pixelated quality about them which has been criticised but which I believe emulates Van Gogh's trademark brushstroke style, therefore adding another textural element to the piece.



  1. Sounds interesting! I love how he creates dresses from paintings, it sounds like something perfect to wear during spring or summer!

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  2. I don't often follow blogs but yours is interesting, well-written, and delightfully arty. Love your art as fashion series and would love to continue seeing your college projects and things!
    The Undercover Dress-Up Lover x

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  4. The sisters were inspired by the abundance, intensity and depth of colour and texture in Van Gogh's landscapes.

  5. Great post!! Indeed these days fashion is just art on cloth. The bags at site have similar art work done on the bags and the purses, hope to see more of these shares soon.

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