With abstract painterly pattern making a resurgence in fashion lately (to catch up on this trend read here) I thought it was essential that my final story for the Art Gallery Of NSW’s ‘Pop to Popism’ exhibition would explore the great influence that pop art has had on fashion and trends (from editorial to runway, street style and accessories) over the past few years.
FYI, if you’ve not yet seen ‘Pop to Popism’ time is running out! We are now in the LAST WEEKS of the exhibit (show closes 1st March 2015) so if you want to see it, DO NOT DELAY!
Interestingly, not all pop artists are created equal when it comes to fashion’s love affair with pop art: The iconic and brightly-coloured works of Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein come out as firm favourites, thanks to their eccentricity, bold aesthetic and female-friendly perspective.
Scroll down for lots of chic examples of just how influential pop art has been in inspiring fashion through the years and seasons.
Designers such as Jeremy Scott, Jean Charles De Castelbajac, Charlotte Olympia, Versace and even Nike have saluted the pop masters in their work over the years. Roy Lichtenstein’s work is clearly the main inspiration for Jean-Charles de Castelbajac’s Fall 2012 collection (below). The designer is known for his art-referenced collections that have featured depictions of Andy Warhol and the works of many other modern artists.
Fashion trailblazer, Gianni Versace was both a subject of Andy Warhol (far right below) and one of the first designers to incorporate art so literally into high fashion pieces. (Far left below: Versace evening gown, spring/summer 1991, and centre: Silkscreen portrait of Marilyn Monroe by Andy Warhol. 1963.)
Further adaptations of the pop art style in modern day collections include:
With no sartorial stone left unturned, accessories labels of all descriptions have skilfully created ranges that bring the most colourful and iconic elements of the pop art movement into lust-worthy must-haves:
Naturally in-step with the the machinations of the fashion houses, magazines from Vogue to Elle, Nylon to L’Officiel, and Interview (Andy Warhol’s own magazine) have featured countless pop-inspired fashion editorials over the years as well! Whilst each one is heavily influenced via iconic works of the masters, the modern day editorials are always given an updated, fresh twist.
Saty Pratha photographed this editorial (below) that features designs by Lanvin, Marc Jacobs and Philip Lim.
As for covers…
And lastly, (never to be outdone) risk-taking street style stars have been all over pop art-influenced fashion in recent years too. Seemingly addicted to wearing attention-grabbing garments at any opportunity, bloggers and fashionistas who choose to dress in these pieces are virtually guaranteed to grab the attention of all the street style photographers! And that’s mission accomplished.
To see examples of the original works that have helped to shape fashion in recent years, be sure to check out the Art Gallery of NSW’s ‘Pop to Popism’ exhibit which is on now, closes on the 1st March. Spanning more than 200 legendary works, this is an exhibit not to be missed. Be sure to check out the Art gallery’s website for all the information you need to know about the show by clicking here.
Brought to you in collaboration with the AGNSW.