Julia Bordi
Mr. Bayliss
Art History AP
June 4, 2013

Art has greatly influenced the aesthetic of various well-know fashion designers. Specific artworks and art movements have provided fashion designers with inspiration and motivation. Some fashion designers choose to capture the essence of an art work or art movement while others blatantly steal an artwork by simply putting it onto a garment. The influence of art on fashion designs can either be evident or difficult to discern. When the influence of art is hard to identify, it is common that designers take certain ideas from an art movement and translate them into a tangible garment. The influence of art on fashion can either be apparent or vague, but art has greatly influenced many influential fashion designers.

The designers who have been influenced by art are endless. John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Kenzo, Karl Lagerfeld, Rodarte, Gianni Versace, Balenciaga, Isabel Marant, Cynthia Rowley, Dolce and Gabbana, Carven Giullaume Henry, Gucci, Prada, Michael Kors, Proenza Schouler, Prabal Gurung, and Yves Saint Laurent are a few designers who have been significantly influenced by fine art. This influence is extremely noticeable in specific designs, while it is understated in other designs. However, all of these fashion designers have been influenced by prominent artists. The couture garments of these designers better convey the influence of art as opposed to everyday clothes because couture designs are often more outlandish and innovative. The artists that have been influential to the particular designers mentioned include Andy Warhol, Piet Mondrian, Vincent Van Gogh, Franz Kline, William de Kooning, Bosch, Albers, Ellsworth Kelly, Richter, Anish Kapoor, as well as many others. These designers were also influenced by art movements such as cubism, art deco, abstract expressionism and pop art.
Fashion designers have countless influences but art remains one of the most significant sources of inspiration for many designers. The influence of art on fashion often goes undetected as a result of peoples’ lack of knowledge of artists and art movements. However, art continues to be influential on fashion. Talented designers often steal from talented artists. It can even be argued that fashion designers are artists themselves. Fashion designs are works of art that are often influenced by other works of art including, drawings, architecture etc. Fashion and art coincide.
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Prada Spring 2013 inspired by Andy Warhol "Flowers"

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Philip Lim and Proenza Schouler inspired by Piet Mondrian

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Carven Fall 2012 inspired by Bosch's "Garden of Earthly Delights"
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Rodarte inspired by Van Gogh's "Starry Night"

Fashion designers have who have replicated art works on their garments include Rodarte, Carven Guillaume Henry, Prada, Philip Lim, Proenza Schouler and Yves Saint Laurent to name a few. Rodarte’s collection at spring 2012 New York fashion week took inspiration from Vincent Van Gogh. One dress in particular was almost a complete replica of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night.” Another dress sought inspiration from Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers.” Rodarte’s inspiration is easily recognizable and even glaring on his copy of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night.” Another designer who undoubtedly stole from art history is Carven in the fall 2012 ready-to-wear collection. Carven was inspired by Hieronymus Bosch’s “Garden of Earthly Delights” for the collection. One dress from the collection appeared to be a duplicate of the painting while the other garments merely resembled the painting. Prada’s spring 2013 collection took inspiration from And Warhol’s “Flowers.” The print was mimicked in various garments from the collection. Andy Warhol has provided inspiration for several different fashion designers throughout history. This is attributed to Warhol’s timelessness, which designers recognize and utilize in their own forms of art. Philip Lim, Proenza Schouler, and Yves Saint Laurent also took inspiration from a timeless artist who continues to evoke simplicity and beauty.
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2009 Balenciaga and Isabel Marant inspired by Franz Kline and William de Kooning
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Prabal Gurung Spring 2013 inspired by Anish Kapoor

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Proenza Schouler Spring 2013 inspired by Gerhard Richter

Balenciaga, Isabel Marant, Proenza Schouler, and Prabal Gurung are all examples of fashion designers who have taken inspiration from specific artist, including Franz Kline, William De Kooning, Gerhard Richter, and Anish Kapoor. At 2009 Paris Fashion Week, Balenciaga and Isabel Marant both had collections that were inspired by abstract expressionism. Their specific inspirations included Franz Kline and William De Kooning. Unlike the previous artists who stole specific artworks and made them into garments, Balenciaga and Isabel Marant were inspired by an art movement as opposed to an artwork. Proenza Schouler’s spring 2013 collection was inspired by Gerhard Richter’s prints. It was one of the many inspirations for the collection but it was crucial for the creation of the prints utilized. Prabal Gurung took inspiration from Anish Kapoor’s sculptures for his spring 2013 collection. He was inspired by the red hues in Kapoor’s sculptures, which he then translated into clothes in his collection.


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