When a friend suggested adding YSL's adaptation of Piet Mondrian's artwork to my fashion as art feature, I didn't quite realise just how many other designers Mondrian also inspired. The famous geometric compositions of red, blue and yellow primary colours can be seen to have a longstanding influence on fashion, right up until the present day.
YSL adapted the print on a range of dresses for the Fall 1965 collection. Admirably, rather than solely applying the artwork as a direct print, the design plays tribute to the painter by translating the principles of the De Stijl genre into the structure of the dresses. The appearance remains flat by the cut and placement of colours, mirroring the concept of the artwork. This adaptation indicates how the intelligence of the designer and vision of the artist are able to seamlessly work as one.
Other designers inspired by Mondrian include Australian swimwear designer, Sarah Schofield and world-renowned shoe designer, Christian Louboutin, amongst many others.
You can also see Mondrian’s heavy influence on designers who are currently working with grids and have a minimalist approach to colour block. One such designer is Tina Kalivas, whose Mondrian-inspired fashion utterly embodies the concept of ‘when art meets fashion’.