logo

Art in Fashion: Oscar Wilde says

One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art. – Oscar Wilde

Was Oscar Wilde onto something? We’re no longer part of the 19th century’s Aesthetic Movement, but designers are obviously raiding the art history books, extrapolating a myriad of references to complement –and to drive– their collections.

Art In Fashion - Medieval - Elizabethan - Iconography

Sonia Delaunay - Rythme Coloré (Colored Rhythm), 1946, Oil on canvas, private collection

Art In Fashion - Medieval - Elizabethan - Iconography

Dries Van Noten – fall/winter 2011-12

Art In Fashion - Medieval - Elizabethan - Iconography

Sonia Delaunay - Still photo from the film "Le P’tit Parigot", written by Paul Cartoux, Directed by René Le Somptier, 1926, collection of Antoine Blanchette

Art In Fashion - Medieval - Elizabethan - Iconography

Dries Van Noten – fall/winter 2011-12

Whenever fashion designers are lauded by some critics and hissed at by the larger public, when they show wardrobe line-ups seemingly suited more for an art gallery than for a civilian’s closet, most do take pause and ask themselves if the piece in question is indeed that over the top.

Art In Fashion - Medieval - Elizabethan - Iconography

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Philistines, 1982, Collection of Irma and Norman Braman

Art In Fashion - Medieval - Elizabethan - Iconography

Custo Barcelona – fall/winter 2011-12

Art In Fashion - Medieval - Elizabethan - Iconography

Elizabeth I by an artist from the English School, c.1592. (Hardwick House)

Art In Fashion - Medieval - Elizabethan - Iconography

David Koma – fall/winter 2011-12

Art In Fashion - Medieval - Elizabethan - Iconography

Yayoi Kusama

Fall-winter is indeed the fashionista’s favorite season cycle, because it introduces a larger dressing repertoire and brings out clever layering and wonderful outerwear. This season more than a few fashionable fur pieces seem to come out straight out of an art encyclopedia.

Art In Fashion - Medieval - Elizabethan - Iconography

Albrecht Dürer, Self-Portrait at 22, Musée du Louvre, Paris

Art In Fashion - Medieval - Elizabethan - Iconography

Etro – fall/winter 2011-12

This fashion renaissance is tagging the actual Renaissance, or Northern Medieval period, as seen when you tap Flemish portraiture, with more than a few direct quotes from portraitures and period dress.

Art In Fashion - Medieval - Elizabethan - Iconography

Giovanni Bellini, Portrait of a Young Man, 1500

Art In Fashion - Medieval - Elizabethan - Iconography

Rick Owens – fall/winter 2011-12

Art In Fashion - Medieval - Elizabethan - Iconography

Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Netherlandish Proverbs, 1559, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Art In Fashion - Medieval - Elizabethan - Iconography

Art In Fashion - Medieval - Elizabethan - Iconography

Peachoo Krejberg – fall/winter 2011-12

Of course, the 20th century is the “big one” when it comes to current art references. From the experimental modernist work of the 1910s and 1920s to the iconographic work of the century’s innovators, the selection is as clever in its appropriation as it is respectful.

Art In Fashion - Medieval - Elizabethan - Iconography

Kazimir Malevich, The principle of painting the walls, 1920

Art In Fashion - Medieval - Elizabethan - Iconography

Céline – fall/winter 2011-12

Abstracting a style or movement’s language is much more conducive to true creative results than literal appropriation.

Art In Fashion - Medieval - Elizabethan - Iconography

Rogier Van Der Weyden, Lady Wearing a Gauze Headdress, Gemaeldegalerie, Berlin

Art In Fashion - Medieval - Elizabethan - Iconography

Josephus Thimister – fall/winter 2011-12

Can you identify your favorite art references in the Fall 2011 collections?

Browse The Fur Insider’s library of Designer Reviews for Fall 2011-Winter 2012.

Comments ( 2 )

Leave a Reply