art influencing fashion

As a wearable form of expression, the relationship between fashion and art is seamless (ha). This winter, the Philadelphia Museum of Art hosted an exhibit, Fabulous Fashion: From Dior’s New Look to Now, showcasing ‘the drama and glamour of some of the most creative feminine fashions ever designed.’ It was inspiring to see how designers were able to craft their vision into wearable pieces of art that continue to influence the fashion industry today.

Here are some of the most memorable pieces from the exhibit:

designed by John Galliano for Christian Dior

designed by John Galliano for Christian Dior

designed by Rei Kawakubo for Comme des Garcons in 1969 (left)

designed by Rei Kawakubo for Comme des Garcons in 1969 (left)

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designed by Issey Miyake, 1994

designed by Issey Miyake, 1994

designed by Oscar de la Renta

designed by Oscar de la Renta

designed by Marc Bohan for Christian Dior

designed by Marc Bohan for Christian Dior

designed by Geoffrey Beene, f/w 1994

designed by Geoffrey Beene, f/w 1994

influencing art

The use of patterns, texture, shape and volume in fashion integrates visual artwork into wearable concepts. As I explored other exhibits throughout the museum, it was evident where fashion found its root in art. Bright colors and harsh lines were the focal point of many eye-catching works, including my personal favorite - a 3-D abstract piece focused on breaking rules of color and dimension. A magical part of visiting art exhibits is the fact that no two people will be inspired by the same pieces, yet every visitor will leave feeling a new sense of appreciation for the how effortlessly the beauty of art spills out into the world. Here are some works that inspired me:

Art museums are a great way to find inspiration, and I find that it strikes at the most unexpected moments. It wasn’t until I had left the museum that I realized how much Fabulous Fashion had resonated with my creative brain and allowed me to think about my ideas in a nuanced way.

Keep creating, even when you don’t always feel like it….

- GOODAESTHETIC