Some of the most interesting creative work are at the intersection of different disciplines, born from the collaboration of distinct yet compatible creative geniuses. An unlikely combo, becomes an eccentric marriage. Two birds of a feather, makes colors in the sky. In the spirit of the month, we decided to look at some of the most iconic art-fashion collaborations in history – art, made into something we could wear.
Elsa Schiaparelli x Salvador Dalí
It is hard to speak of art-fashion collaborations without mentioning that of Schiaparelli and Dali’s. They were friends who shared an appreciation for surrealist art, work that are challenge what is expected and bend the imagination for the birth of a new universe. A work most remembered from their collaboration would be the Italian couturier’s exquisite surrealist evening gown featured a large Dalí-esque lobster.
Rodarte x Darren Aronofsky
Remember the costumes in Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan? We have the Kate Mulleavy & Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte to thank for them. The input of the American film director combined with the highest attention to detail by Kate and Laura Mulleavy resulted in film costumes that would go down both in fashion and film history.
Louis Vuitton x Richard Prince
For the Spring/Summer 2008 Louis Vuitton collection, Marc Jacobs turned the nurses in Richard Prince’a paintings to life. A nod to his famous Nurse paintings, the models walked down the runway dressed in see-through nurse dresses. Other references to Prince’s art were worked into the LV bags – with the artist’s spray painting and texts all over the canvas bags.
Longchamp x Tracey Emin
In celebration of the 10th anniversary of their “Le Pliage” bag, the French luxury brand invited the British artist to design a bag collection that featured some of her signature techniques, like patchwork, destroyed textiles, and painting. The collection draws inspiration from the idea of an “International Woman” who, from city to city, was tirelessly searching for an “International Man” with whom she could experience an “International Love”.
The words “Always Me” are applied to the back of these bags, making reference to the highly autobiographical nature of Tracey Emin’s work. Also in her words: “No matter how much in love, you should never forget yourself”.
Prada x Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset
Perhaps one of the most iconic pieces of permanent art installation is a recreation of a Prada store by Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset in the middle of the Texas desert. Echoing the design of Prada stores you can find in the most elegant neighborhoods around the world, the installation “Prada Marfa”, displays the brand’s Spring/Summer 2005 collection. Many make pilgrimages to this part of the desert just to see this art piece.
Alexander McQueen x Damien Hirst
It was the shared love of the skull as a visual motif that brought Alexander McQueenand controversial artist Damien Hirst together for a collaboration in 2003. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the brand’s iconic skull print scarf, Hirst created a limited edition of 30 designs in 2013 adapted from his Entomology series. In this collection, the butterflies and insects that populate the artist’s Dante inspired aesthetic are laid out to create Alexander McQueen’s skull motif.
Stella McCartney x Ed Ruscha
American visual artist Ed Ruscha has conferred his characteristic style to Stella McCartney’s winter 2016 campaign, #Stellacares. Phrases such as “Meat Free”, “Veg Out” and “No Leathers Feathers or Fur”, reflecting the designer’s ethical mindedness, are superimposed in the artists’s signature san-serif squared-off Boy Scout Utility Modern typeface over the fashion editorial photography shot by Harley Weir.
Yves Saint Laurent x Piet Mondrian
The designer’s 1965 Modernist collection featured his now iconic collaborative dresses with artist Piet Mondrian. It all started from Yves Saint Laurent’s love of painting and art collection, and his collection of 6 dresses with prints paying homage to Mondrian came about to raving reviews, with Daina Vreeland describing it as the “best collection” and Women’s Wear Daily hailing him as the “king of Paris”.
Prada x Christophe Chemin
Christophe Chemin is a creative polymath — a self-taught French artist who deals in both words and images, and dances between drawing, directing, photographing, designing, and writing. His work caught the eye of Prada in house designer Fabio Zambernardi, and for Prada’s Fall 2016 collection, the Miuccia Prada commissioned the artist to create a series of artwork to be turned into prints for clothes. The result was stunning, colorful, intriguing visuals full of Greek gods and goddesses symbolism, interwoven into garments that could be lived in.