Artistic Vision

October 1, 2013

Quite a few people have trouble making the connection between my major (art history) and my intended career field (fashion) and I don't really understand why. But in Paris this week, the Kaiser himself helped illustrate my point that art and fashion are indeed quite entwined (whatever Miuccia may say about that). 

Karl Lagerfeld transformed the Grand Palais into an art gallery, with 75 original artworks that incorporated many of the motifs of the Chanel brand - Chanel No. 5 perfume bottles, pearls, quilted leather handbags, etc. As a student of art history the presentation of the collection was fascinating, and I could make all sorts of points about the significance of these motifs in our culture and the power of Lagerfeld and the Chanel brand (but I won't for now). 

The clothes themselves were also quite artistic and creative. Each ensemble seemed to be splashed with every hue of a painter's palette, and many looks were thrown together in a very artistically half hazard fashion - sweaters tied around necks, shirts falling off one shoulder, a bag (or two, or three, in some cases) slung this way and that. 

Each model wore "wigs [that] were paintbrushes-cum-Darth Vader helmets of hair," according to's talented Tim Blanks, and they all had rainbow-colored brushstrokes highlighting their eyes. It was truly a stroke of artistic genius.

But Karl isn't the only one making the connection between art and fashion. All week long we've seen the influences art movements and innovators can have on a designer's creations. 

Phoebe Philo's Céline was inspired by graffiti and the photographs of Brassaï. The collection was beaming with bright primary colors and bold brushstrokes. For the queen of minimalist cool, these clothes are quite bold, but nevertheless speak to the impossibly chic aesthetic of the Céline girl.

Elsewhere, Andrew Gn was quite influenced by Pablo Picasso's cubist paintings and featured Picasso-style instruments and faces in a few of his looks.

Fashion and art may have their differences, but they are certainly intertwined, and personally, I love seeing artistic references made in runway collections! 

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