Fashion enters the museum; the museum holds photos of fashion. Art walks down the runway and architects design the runway. It is clear to see that all creative tasks can align with those of differing sectors. Throughout history the rise in project partnerships can be seen. Furthermore over the last decade there has been a significant increase in the collaboration between fashion designers and artists.
1965 Yves Saint Laurent & Piet Mondrian
Probably the most iconic and recognised collaboration of all time, which to be perfectly honest was a rather simplistic piece of work. Saint Laurent released the 1976 simple A-line shift dress with the Piet Mondrian graphics illustrated on the dress.
1974 Yves Saint Laurent & Andy Warhol
It is here that Saint Laurent is the subject and the product that was created is a silkscreen portrait by Warhol. This art work stands as a reflection of the intimate ties between the culture of fashion and art.
1998 Marc Jacobs & Juergen Teller
This is a collaboration that allowed the photographer to sculpt the designer’s artistic direction. Teller’s work made the brand appeal adventurous, playful and grungy with a hint of raunchiness. As this is much like Jacobs clothing the two make a successful collaboration.
2014 Louis Vuitton ‘Celebrating Monogram’
Even more so recently Louis Vuitton selected 6 designers; Karl Lagerfeld, Frank Gehry, Cindy Sherman, Christian Louboutin, Marc Newson and Rei Kawakubu to design their very own interpretation of LV Monogram to mark the 160th anniversary of the houses founding. One particular piece that stood out to me was the twisted box designed by architect Frank Gehry as pictured below.
As history shows us collaborations between Art and Fashion can be done in a number of ways. It is merely up to the creativity of the artists themselves. In a way fashion appropriates art as it allows art to be utilised for a specific purpose as well as for aesthetic. There is no doubt that the future of these industries hold more collaborations to come. All we have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the stimulating, unique and innovative work done by the creative geniuses of our time.