Fashion and art are intimately tied. Our visual culture is the amalgamation of influences, and clothing design regularly borrows from elements of past and contemporary art. Colors, texture, and the symbols seen in works—ranging from the Renaissance to present-day sculpture—all make their way into modern-day garments and the way they are styled. The Instagram account Art History Fashion highlights these connections by sharing side-by-side comparisons of the clothing and its source material (intentional or not).
The amount of fashion design inspiration taken from years, decades, and centuries past is striking—modern fashion clearly remixes art history. Some pieces, like Charles Robert Leslie’s 1838 painting Queen Victoria in Her Coronation Robes has seemed to directly inspire Rihanna’s headline-making dress from the 2015 Met Gala. Other comparisons are more subtle but still convey the essence of their origin. Jean Gabriel Domergue’s 20th-century painting Grand Gala includes a colorful floral frock that looks fashion-forward, even today. The same colors and shape of the flowers were mimicked in a 2012 collection from Jessica Hart and Pencey Standard Fall. Although the setting and pose between the painting and fashion photograph are different, the influence is clear.
The Instagram account Art History Fashion highlights fashion inspiration that’s seemingly borrowed directly from works of art.
“Hyewon Pungsokdo” by Shin Yun-bok (after 1805) vs “Full Moon Story”, photographed by Kim Kyung Soo for Vogue Korea (2008) • It’s been a challenge for me to find quality matches for non-Western art that also include full attribution to the designer and artist. I’m always looking to expand my repository! Who are some of your favorite non-Western artists and designers? Let me know in the comments