WHEN CUBISM MEETS FASHION


Inspiration is everywhere, right? In the street, at the beach, at your kids’ school … everywhere.

However, what is more inspiring than a museum?

The other day, I took some time for me and went to the museum BY MYSELF. No kids asking me every second “are we done, yet?”. As I walked through the Melbourne National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), I came across a very interesting exhibit. William Wegman became famous for turning dog pictures into art.

Yes, the entire exhibit is about his Weimaraners wearing different outfits in different postures. A series of portrait shows his dogs sitting on a cube, inside a cube, above, under, jumping off a cube. Of course, I wanted to know more about this enigmatic artist and his work. As I read the comments next to the picture, I realised that part of his inspiration came from cubism. Cubism, a word that brings me back when I was studying art in high school. Now if I ask you what cubism is, you will associate it right away with Pablo Picasso, right? Well cubism is definitely the most influential abstract art movement of the twentieth century.

As I was carefully analysing Wegman’s work and trying hard to understand the relation between dogs and cubism I realised that I was wearing cubism. Yes, I was wearing my Valda Cube earrings and it made wonder of how cubism also inspired fashion designers. Sure enough, Picasso did not just invented cubism and died with it, he invented Cubism and changed the world of art … and of fashion.

 

Back home, I ran to my laptop and googled: “cubism in fashion” and voila! They were all out there, Yves Saint Laurent and its Mondrian dress, Celine, Prada, Givenchy, Stella McCartney, Hermes, BCBG by Max Azria. All the most talented designers used cubism as inspiration. The fashion industry called it “the Cubism Madness.” And yes, it is madness, from hats to sneakers, umbrellas, it was all about geometric forms and cubism.

 

When fashion designers and artists get together the results can be fascinating. When you think about it, Salvador Dalí, and the legendary Italian fashion designer, Elsa Schiaparelli, teaming up to create a silk lobster dress. It made me wonder, where would fashion designers get inspired without visual art? Wait, no … remember, inspiration is everywhere.

Author : Claire Aerdeman


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