The Starry Night, Almond blossoms, and Potato eaters are all here. If you’ve been on Instagram for even a bit lately, you will know that the 360-degree Van Gogh exhibit has made its way to India. Van Gogh’s eloquent brush strokes and vibrant colours have influenced a plethora of artists and designers and we always support the marriage of art and fashion because, well, why not? When fashion and art come together, incredible things have happened throughout history, and we adore both canvas and couture. Art and fashion have always been inseparable, particularly when it comes to Van Gogh. From avant-garde to haute couture, Van Gogh’s colours have been used in nearly all of your favourite designers’ collections.
So here we are, varnishing the memory of the designer’s collection inspired by Van Gogh.
Jeremy Scott, the creative director of Moschino, took the artist’s work as inspiration for the 2018 spring/summer collection. The giant red bow tied around the waist interprets the red big flower on the middle of the painting. Other theories imply that it’s the model wrapped in the blushing flower from the top to toe. Either way, the outfit certainly takes inspiration from Van Gogh’s ‘Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase’ painting.
2. Yves Saint Laurent
“I believe the work of a couture designer is very much like that of an artist. In fact, I have constantly found inspiration in the work of contemporary painters: Picasso, Matisse, and Mondrian,” Saint Laurent said, as evidenced by his 1988 spring/summer collection. One of the most expensive jackets sold in an exclusive auction was two silken jackets inspired by Van Gogh’s Sunflower and Iris paintings.
3. Maison Margiela
The “I Love You” bustier dress evokes awe. The details of the garment reveal that each sequin sewed into the fabric was designed to give the textured version of Van Gogh’s painting. This is the kind of outfit that makes us fall in love with the artist’s work all over again.
Not only one or two, Rodarte took almost all of Van Gogh’s paintings to the ramp when they launched their 2012 collection. The prom assortment was inspired by all the paintings like ‘Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers,’ ‘White Field with a Reaper,’ and the well-known ‘The Starry Night.’ The designer duo included all the greens and blues, a prominent feature of Van Gogh’s radiant palette.
“The main challenge of the dress was to succeed in respecting the colours, the spots and the flowers in the background,” the designer said. The Dior couture gown from 2017 inspired by the painting “Jardin Fleuri” was first on display at Paris Fashion Week. Designer Maria hand painted the fabric and used delicate feathers that were hand glued to it.