Fashion

When Fashion Meets Art

by Allysha Nila
05.05.2017
We take you through our fine curation of Spring/Summer 2017’s most artful pieces, selected according to some of history’s most notable art movements. You’ll leave with the authority of curators Judith Clarke and Hans Ulrich Obrist – combined
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Self-Portrait with Halo and Snake (1889), Paul Gauguin
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Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci
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Salvatore Ferragamo

Fauvism 

In 1905, French art critic Louis Vauxcelles saw a quattrocentro-style statue at the Salon d’Automne placed in the middle of works by Matisse and his associates, and exclaimed, “Donatello au milieu des fauves!” (French for “Donatello among the wild beasts!”). It was a remark that gave the name to a movement associated with intense colour used to evoke various moods, and exemplified by Paul Gauguin’s work. This season, complementary palettes are surfacing in every collection from Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci to Loewe in ways that connect us with nature. Pluck out some foliage-shaped charms, natural stone and skins that feel especially warm and exotic.

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Composition, 1921, Piet Mondrian
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Céline
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Lanvin
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De Stijl

The Dutch movement reduced the world to essentials by sticking to primary colours and geometry, the way artist Piet Mondrian’s compositional grids did. This season’s leathers are polished to a T with precise details in striking hues: not only are there stripes of black, there are also panels of oranges and blues. Keep outfits within the palette of white, black, blue, orange and a tiny hint of maroon.

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Dorothy True, 1919, Alfred Stieglitz
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Bottega Veneta
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Louis Vuitton

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Loewe

Dadaism 

The Dadaists manifested their protests against Capitalism in non-traditional ways. Their media of choice included collage, surreal photography and cut-up writing. The austere nature of the movement is a perfect symbol of today’s increasingly chaotic world. Spring/Summer 2017 sees designers utilising everyday objects as a prominent design detail with rustic material. Colours? Don’t even think about it. Stick with monochromes.

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The Toilette of Venus, 1751, François Boucher
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Alexander McQueen
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Rococo 

The 18th century was a witty and lively time for the French. The grandeur of the Baroque era received a much-needed reality check and leaned towards humour. The period made its presence felt at Fendi’s Marie Antoinette-inspired SS17 show. This time, it is sensual and soft, and celebrated with pretty pink pairings, luscious satins, gorgeous flowers and oh-so-shiny crystals.

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