Fashioning Art: Taking a Look at the Art of Fashion

Hello! Welcome to Fashioning Art.

Fashioning Art on Blouin ArtInfo Blogs started as a spin off from my Instagram, Fash of the Titans, where I make matches comparing looks fresh off the runway and popular works of art.

Peter Pilotto Spring 2015 vs La Tristesse du Roi (1952), Henri Matisse,

Peter Pilotto Spring 2015 vs La Tristesse du Roi (1952), Henri Matisse [Image taken from Fash of the Titans]

I started Fash of the Titans in September 2014 as a personal project. It all started when I was browsing the runway looks from the Spring 2015 season and a vibrant graphic shift dress by Peter Pilotto reminded me of the riotous collages I’d seen in the big Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs summer exhibition at the Tate Modern. I put the two side by side and was so stuck by the similarity that posted it on Instagram.

I have always loved looking at art and beautiful design. My grandfather was a painter and, growing up, I remember watching him as he mixed his paints and sometimes painted portraits of me. This grew to a love of museums and looking closely at art, something I liked so much I chose to read History of Art at university and eventually even pursued an Masters degree in it.

I find Fash of the Titans immensely satisfying as it lets me look at the art I love in a new way by breaking it down to its elemental components of shapes, lines and colours and then looking for those combinations in designs that I like. The relationship between fashion and art has always been a rich one, as the two continuously look to each other for inspiration. There are many designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Raf Simons, Roksanda Ilincic who draw obvious references from art in their collections. Conversely, more so today than ever, numerous artists like Yayoi Kusama, Damian Hirst and Marina Abramovic are lending their artistic influences to fashion houses. However, the best part about Fash of the Titans is that it allows me to continuously look for that unexpected pairing of fashion and art that will create fresh and unexpected links between the two.

Through Fashioning Art, I continue to explore the inspiring worlds of art and fashion in search of exciting new connections. I do hope you’ll join me in my journey!

Image taken from @FashoftheTitans


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