Christian Louboutin turned to Renaissance art in 2011, and Karl Lagerfeld played with the notion of wearable art for Chanel‘s 2015 Spring show, with models carrying sketchbooks like handbags and donning rainbow paint textured garbs. The designer, who passed away in February, even converted Paris’s Grand Palais – the show‘s venue – into a huge art gallery, featuring pieces from artists including Marcel Duchamp, Wassily Kandinsky and Pollock next to Chanel’s trademark items, such as tweed, pearls and chains.
In more recent years, collaborations have carried on the art-meets-fashion trend: Valentino‘s Pierpaolo Piccioli and artist Jamie Reid for Fall 2017; Gucci and Spanish artist Ignasi Monreal for Spring 2018; Virgil Abloh and Japanese icon Takashi Murakami for both an exhibition and a limited edition of graphic tees last October.
The artistic muse also inspired some of this season‘s collections – which should help you look quite the part during and around Art Basel Hong Kong, when the entire city basically turns into one giant art hub.
Try Celine, whose Spring/Summer 2019 (Hedi Slimane‘s first for the label) show included pieces in collaboration with Swiss-American artist Christian Marclay, with his 70s and 80s paintings and comic book collages reimagined on embroideries, prints and patches.