Art and fashion have been intertwined for years, and major fashion houses such as Dior and Yves Saint Laurent have been looking for inspiration in paintings. For one of its most famous collection in the 60’s, Yves Saint Laurent chose Mondrian; the dress for the Autumn season with a simple A-line and a tidy shift silhouette was typical of the mid-sixties; what was less typical were the black lines running both horizontally and vertically and the strong contrasting colours on the dress which showed the clear influence of Piet Mondrian.
Nowadays, the runway is full of accents from the art industry; designers find inspiration in young street style talents or great painters like Van Gogh and Henri Rousseau. Here are some examples.
Yves Saint Laurent Mondrian colletion 1965
Rodarte Spring/Summer 2012, inspired by Van Gogh paintings
Vouge’s December issue in 2011, Steven Meisel took inspiration from Millais’ 1851-52 painting Ophelia
Hermès Spring 2014 inspired by Henri Rousseau
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