Wednesday, 7 September 2011

fashion as art.

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’.

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  1. the symmetry and color blocking is so visually appealing! great photos

  2. EEEEEEP. that mondrian swimsuit is way too good. love this post! so inspired!


  3. Those wedges are so incredible and vibrant! Ahhhh

    --Megan//The Martian Tide

  4. nice post, the Mondrian inspiration is so amazing, you cant imagine how many people have been inspired on that, the colors amaze anyone. By the way the shoes look so terrific LOL.

  5. wow!

    i never really noticed how much i've been seeing this but i totally have!

    as an art student, this is dope to

    automatic minimalist mod!

    <3 Vega

  6. love mondrian's inspiration to YSL most of all.

  7. I love love love this post! Great pictures! I love color blocking, but haven't been brave enough to try it yet! You have a new follower on here! Found you from IFB! xx

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  9. What a wonderful post! I love when I come across a blog that introduces me to something fresh and novel. I did not realize the extent of Mondrian's influence in fashion! So glad I found your blog through IFB :)

  10. great trend!

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