As you may have deduced by now, the art and fashion world are not so far apart. Though in some instances, they are grouped as the same thing. However, much like artists and designers, art and fashion exist in their own world. An example of this is how fashion designers often get inspiration from art pieces and art styles such as Art Nouveau.
Art Nouveau came at the beginning of the 20th century when people's lives began to change and the world too, so their perception of art also changed. Art at this time began to incorporate more medieval and natural-looking elements like curves and golden strips. Naturally, fashion at the time would follow suit, providing the world with famous outfits such as the flapper dress. The flapper dresses often varied from person to person, some being simple silk dress gowns and others encompassing golden lines and feathers to make the wearer stand out.
Regardless of the period, fashion has a heavy history of borrowing from art and critical examples would be Calvin Klein incorporating patterns from Andy Warhol's "Tunafish Disaster" piece from 1963 into their 2018 collection. Other examples include the Italian label Marni combining David Salle's famous "Untitled Piece" from 1979 into their 2018 women's spring/summer collection.
Andy Warhol’s Tunafish Disaster (1963). © Collection of The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh. (Left) | (Right) Calvin Klein Collection 2018. Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images.
David Salle’s Untitled (1979) © David Salle/VAGA, NY. (Left) | (Right) Marni’s Women’s Spring/Summer 2018. Marco BertorelloAFP/Getty Images.
However, these are all examples of designers and creative directors incorporating art pieces from the relative past. Still to this day, artists are constantly creating artwork daily, some of which are digital pieces of Art and others physical, which leaves the question "How does art affect the fashion world today?". First, it is essential to understand how art is perceived in the present day; unlike the late '90s and early 2000s, artwork today mainly comprises various past styles.
Nevertheless, each piece gives the viewer a different feeling, perception and understanding of what they are seeing, so this creates different forms of inspiration. An inspiration that later finds itself in the art world in new designs, patterns and various collections selected by numerous designers and creative directors. Although much of the time, these designs are made specifically for high-end fashion, they have found their way into ready-to-wear, essentially shifting the way people dress and in their unique way influencing the clothing of an era, or at the very least, of a season.
In essence, although art is generally very influential to today's fashion designers and creative directors. Contemporary Art plays a more significant role owing to changing societal perceptions of what is considered “art”. Unlike artwork of the past, Contemporary Art implements bright colours and eye-catching features that allow the pieces to stand out easily; this is also mirrored in the fashion of today that encompasses the same set of characteristics.
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Image sources: Abdul Mohammed, Collection of The Andy Warhol Museum, Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images, David Salle/VAGA, NY & Marco BertorelloAFP/Getty Images.