A is for…. Art In Fashion

Olaf Breuning & Bally

There are moments when artist become designers, designer become artist and both can become something entirely different. Both the genres of fine art and fashion not only bare the affect of trend and social temperature, but their changing relationship to one another is also reflective of society as well. Of course some collaborations are more successful than other but what is primarily important is the dabbling, the mixing and the sometime fantastic results that are created by the most privileged of people.
Number five on my top art and fashion collaborations is
Piet Mondrain & Yves Saint Laurent 1965
Piet Mondrain & Yves Saint Laurent


The bold, graphic and oh so 60’s shift dress that YSL released for its Autumn collection is a fantastic example of art and fashion co-habiting. With the clean black lines, use of primary colours the resemblance to Mondrain work is easy to see. The dress itself was assembled in panels with different jerseys so that no seams were visable.
Number 4- Rolf Sachs & DeBeers
Rolf Sachs & DeBeers


Rolf Sachs who practises a wide range of arts ranging from set design, furniture making, ballet and photography, collaborated with luxury Diamond company DeBeers for the festive 2012 windows.
I love how the almost unattainable Diamonds (unless your super rich) seems warm and welcoming with the use of steamed glass and the warm flickering flame of a candle. The display is eye catching unique and inviting perfect for a luxury brand.
Number 3- Jeremy Deller & Louis Vuitton
Jeremy Deller & Louis Vuitton


2004 winner of the Turner Prize artist Jeremy Deller was commission by Louis Vuitton to create a original installation of a garden for their Shepard Bush store opening. Jeremy said that the piece was designed as a contemporary symbol of sustainability and natural energy. The installation remained in place for 10 days in may 2009.
Number 2- Darren Aronofsky & Rodarte
Darren Aronofsky & Rodarte Swan Lake


Aronofsky latest film Black Swan collaborated with the Rodarte sisters to create some of the most stunning outfits. The techniques used by the Mulleavy sisters are more akin to one of a kind garments, than ready to wear fashion; their hand treatments involve dying, burning, sanding and weaving to name a few. And though the sisters have shown at New York’s Fashion Week, earned numerous prestigious awards, their work created for Aronofsky’s film reaches a new level of sumptuous detail. The costumes worn by Portman and Kunis were later displayed at MOCA Los Angeles’ Pacific Design Space alongside garments from their previous collections. And although Aronofsky didn’t have a direct hand in the making of the costumes for Black Swan his input and strong direction was imperative to making the costumes believable, completely unique to the film, and the experience.
Number 1- Meret Probst & Fendi
Meret Probst & Fendi

Students at the British RCA were offered opportunities to design window installations at the new Sloane street Fendi store. The young artist were encouraged to incorporate surplus materials such as dye and leather off cuts. Probst design began with a “blank canvas, plastic tube and with white bags and purse displayed at the bottom. Then slowly a stream of different brightly coloured dyes were sent down the plastic tube which slowly dripped on to the fendi bags & purse and canvas. Creating a decorative and ever changing picture.


Earth Day Sustainable Fashion

In anticipation for Earth Day, which is tomorrow, I thought I would share with you the best on offer in sustaniable fashion. To me sustaniable fashion is considered fashion, where the production, materials, planet and people are all considered. So we have a planet for generations to come.
More and more designers are now designing with sustaniable fashion as a core value, instead of an after though or excuse for bad design. Some of the best designers, Stella McCartney, Chinti and Parker, Pachacuit, Edun and John Hardy are making some of the best pieces on the catwalk in terms of style, which are also sustanible and “Green”.
Mathias Chiaze
Alexa Chung for  Chinti and Parker

Local women making Pachacuit hats from Banana Leaves

Another, and more affordable way, to buy sustaniable fashion is to buy vintage.

The main message behind sustainable fashion is that fast fashion or dissposable fashion is not just bad for the environment, planet and for generations to come, its also expensive. Its not made to last, producers of fast fashion aren’t concerned with the quality of their products, they want you to have to come back and spend more money buying either the same or different top, dress etc because the other one has started to fall apart. In the long run sustainable fashion is also cost effective.