Where art meets fashion: A brief history

Art is an interdisciplinary form of expression and fashion is one of the endless inspired gateways to express it.

Besides, what else is fashion if not an urge to “decorate” the body, rather than a space.

This interrelation has intrigued artists and fashion designers over the years, who by collaboration, have made wonders.

In recent years their flirting with fashion has made a huge comeback, and has once again verified the dynamics of this fusion.

Here are some highlights of the history of fashion and art:

In 1937, Elsa Sciaparelli and Salvador Dalí collaborated in creating the Lobster dress, a depiction of Dali’s New York Dream-Man Finds Lobster in Place of Phone, from 1934.


Also in the 1930’s,  the Hermès fashion house used the work of Dutch painter Piet Mondrian to produce a line of bags and luggage based on his geometric lines and cubist approach.

In 1965, Yves Saint Laurent celebrated the artist in his Fall Mondrian Collection.

Mondrian Dress Yves Saint Laurent

Architectural design has also inspired fashion designers over the years. Coco Chanel once said:

” Fashion is architecture. It is a matter of proportion”. 

In 1966, Paco Rabanne presented his first runway show, titled 12 Unwearable Dresses in Contemporary Materials with materials such as  sheet metal and rubber.

paco rabanne

In 1991, Gianni Versace paid tribute to Andy Warhol through his Pop Art Collection, which once again proved that fashion is nothing more than wearable art.


In 2013, Alexander McQueen and Damien Hirst joined their  forces in fusing art and fashion. Inspired by Hirst’s Entomology series ,McQueen was led  to produce a line of chiffon scarves, which was celebrated by both the art and fashion worlds.

damien-hirst-mcqueen-yellowtrace-01Also in 2013, Marc Jacobs took this amalgamation to the next level. He not only used conceptual artist’s Daniel Buren art on his clothes, but also asked him to design the whole runway experience.

The result was the Daniel Buren x Luis Vuitton Spring Summer Collection 2013 presented in the central courtyard of The Louvre, which was epic in art and fashion history.

Daniel Buren Luis vuittonDo you like to examine areas where art and fashion meet and explore the global “fashionscape” ?

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