Simply Eye-Popping! When Art + Fashion Become One

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!

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To catch up on my previous two posts introducing the ‘Pop to Popism’ exhibition and the influence of pop art on modern day beauty click here and here.

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.

Inspired by prolific 20th century pop artist Roy Lichtenstein who was known for his dots & comic style pop art, Mike Ruiz photographed and created this stunning editorial for Zink magazine entitled ‘Masterpiece’ Images:


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.


Runway shots via, Top image: Roy Lichtenstein ‘In the car’, 1963 oil and magna on canvas, © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein

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.)

Image left: Centre: Red Andy Warhol, Marilyn Monroe. 1962-67. Museum of Modern Art. Far right:


Further adaptations of the pop art style in modern day collections include:

Jeremy Scott’s Fall 2014 collection for eclectic Italian fashion house Moschino, featured brightly coloured pop-style renditions of household products on evening gowns. His ‘McDonalds’ collection which you can see some examples of here, came later… Images: Pinterest

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:

All images: Pinterest


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.

An incredible beauty editorial featuring masterful makeup and clever nails for Vogue Japan, March 2013. Image collage:


Another eye-popping editorial in the style of Roy Lichtenstein by An Le for l’officiel Singapore, March 2014 (above and below)

Bold black edging, lack of detail and use of primary colours give the impression the model has literally stepped into a pop art world.


Saty Pratha photographed this editorial (below) that features designs by Lanvin, Marc Jacobs and Philip Lim.



The February issue of L’Officiel Turkey celebrates the style of 50s comic strips with this spread photographed by Ahmet Unver. Image:


As for covers…

An incarnation of Vogue (left) and a Russian edition of Interview magazine which features a very Marilyn-seque portrait of modern day movie icon, Scarlett Johanssen (right) Images: 


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.



  • bubsarella
    Reply bubsarella Saturday 21st February, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    Pop art + fashion = fresh fashion with an old twist…I luv it!
    I will definitely be going to check out the ‘Pop to Popism’ exhibition.

  • Reply vikki18 Thursday 5th February, 2015 at 11:52 am

    love it

  • Reply Whatthe Wednesday 4th February, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Reminds me of the female I know who wants some Pop rollerskates for her birthday.

  • Reply lovelyloves Tuesday 3rd February, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    I love this, this is so bright!

  • Reply Whatthe Monday 2nd February, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    Loving it’s timeless appeal.

  • Reply BellaB Sunday 1st February, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Pop art is a great look, but it does tend to work better for younger people.

  • Reply jreilly Friday 30th January, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    So bold..I love the creativity

  • Reply Whatthe Friday 30th January, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    Pop Art is a love of mine.

  • Reply blueruby Thursday 29th January, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    love the vibrant colours!

  • Reply yslyenom Wednesday 28th January, 2015 at 11:59 pm


  • judi1
    Reply judi1 Wednesday 28th January, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    Some great make-up 🙂

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