Thursday, November 25, 2010


Many fashion designers look for new inspirations through art from paintings, sculptures, and collages.  Here are some past and present fashion designs that were inspired by historical art and incorporated into fashion. 

Givenchy Haute Couture Spring 2009 collection was inspired by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s painting “The Roses of Heliogabalus” from 1886.  This collection includes draping, feminine silhouettes, and softness that appear within Alma-Tadema’s painting. 

Designer Tadashi Shoji created his Spring 2011 collection with inspiration from the 15th century renaissance artist Sandro Botticelli’s famous painting, Primavera from 1482.  The designer added the effects long silk chiffon gowns, layering and draping to give off a soft elegant look from the painting. 

Catherine Maldarino’s past collection included this beautiful dress that was inspired by French artist Henri Matisse.  He was one of the greatest artists of the 20th century.  The design of this dress comes from Matisse’s artistic piece called “The Snail” which is a collage of different vibrant colored shapes he created in 1953.

Designer Duro Olowu from London gathered inspiration from the artist Pablo Picasso. He incorporated the graphic deco design into his Spring 2010 RTW collection.

Andrew Wyeth’s painting from 1937, “The Ledge and the Island” inspired designer Zac Posen for one of Spring collections.  He used sky blue dramatic dresses and included gowns that were hand painted and shadow-dyed in tones which resembles the sand and blue water from Wyeth’s painting.  

Designer Lela Rose used the color scheme and designs from the painter Alex Katz for her Spring 2010 collection.  She included graphic designs and bold colors in this dress that gives it an awesome artistic feel. 

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