Saturday, 3 March 2012


Fashion has a weighty history filled with turning points
as well engaging ”what-if” questions that, although
difficult to be answered, are hard to resist asking.
How would high fashion have become an art form
itself without the influence of the visual arts?

Fashion designers have always been inspired by art
borrowing and modifying its swing for the use in clothing
design in a constant reinterpretation through their own
language. Throughout the times the role of art (and fashion
therefore) has been to reflect the society in which they
both were created giving meaning to each other.

images 1 > 3 Dolce & Gabbana's
The latest fashion week shows in Milan and Paris made
no exception showing breathtaking colorful art-inspired
garments throughout the AW 12-13 collections.
Dolce & Gabbana came to pay their homage to the
Sicilian baroque with amazing fresco floral prints with
cherubs inspired by coeval paintings, needlepoint works
and golden embroideries within a luxurious collection.

Olivier Rousteing, Balmain's new chief designer at his
second runway season for the historic French brand,
showed to be on the way to move into new directions
with a superb couture-like collection showing boyish
silhouettes and military touches highly embellished by
rich textures: meticulous beading in pearls and crystals
with floral needlepoint cameos inspired by mythical
Fabergé eggs create astounding baroque patterns.

images 4 > 6 Balmain's
Carven's designer Guillaume Henry pinpointed amazing
details from 'The Garden of Earthly Delights', the historic
painting by legendary Dutch artist Hieronymus Bosch
whose detailed works crowded with half-human, half-animal
creatures in settings symbolic of sin and foolishness became
gorgeously vivid prints among the brand's collection.
Art history is still alive and kicking in the work of fashion
designers, artists who work within the medium of clothing. 

images 7 - 8 Carven's
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