Fashion Imitating Art
Or Is It The Other Way Around?

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Half of the time we invest in fashion for function, and the other half, as sentimental collectibles. Curating fashion as if fine art, we hold on to the pieces that signify our favourite runway moments: the Picasso-like prints and 3D encrusted tops at Prada S/S 2014 collection, a paradisiacal Mary Katrantzou printed jacket, or a transforming dress from Hussein Chalayan’s debut collection – iconic pieces that defined modern fashion… Sometimes we can’t help to wonder what inspired them?

Whether flying off to faraway lands or dropping by their nearest local events, most designers take inspiration trips before launching a major collection. It is an eye-opening experience that would widen their visual horizons and as a fellow worldly fashion aficionado, we follow their lead. Island getaways, heritage trails, trips to museums and art fairs like International Art Basel Fair in Miami, Hong Kong, or Art Stage Singapore will translate into our wardrobes too. So is fashion imitating art, or is it the other way around?See for yourself as a whirlwind of architectural cutouts, graphic prints, and color-coded looks are coming your way. 

The occasion? O.P.E.N Singapore International Art Festival. Running from 26 June to 12 July 2014, The O.P.E.N. – Open, Participate, Enrich, Negotiate – is the public engagement initiative of the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) featuring art performances, screenings, talks, workshops, and dialogues.

Yet the main question remains... what should we wear?

Set a model example with these stylish ensembles to complement your favourite masterpieces. See if the art experts could guess the references correctly:

There are only few artists in the worlds that can create brushstrokes quite as bold and distinctive as Franz Kline. Go for the graphic statement with a whole monochrome look: an asymmetrical Thakoon dress paired with black-framed accessories to highlight the overall silhouette play.

Both bubbly and unconventional, Jeff Koons reproduces whimsical objects in stainless steel with colourful mirror surfaces. Is it a nod to the recent metallic trend - Swarovski crystals, coated leather, and bright cabochon gemstones? One could only wonder…

If Gustav Klimt were a fashion designer, he would probably be the Dolce & Gabbana of his era. Be inspired by his ornamental robes of rainbow patchwork and gold leaves – translated into a 21st century take – by pairing printed leggings and gilded accessories. Ultra glamorous!

As literal as art-to-fashion translation goes, Yves Saint Laurent may have sent his iconic Mondrian day dress in the roaring sixties. Time to give it a modern spin with colour-blocked separates. This is the perfect chance for your new bag lust, the Fendi Demi-Jour, to take the sartorial spotlight!

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