entire idea of fashion being art or art being fashion has been the subject of debate for decades. And the way both fields come together to produce something new can find its roots in the days of Salvador Dalí and Elsa Schiaparelli’s numerous collaborations. Both members of the Surrealism movement, they often came together to create. Of course, both of them may have felt that fashion merely served as another medium to physically manifest their ideas. It can be argued that back then, the boundaries between creative spheres were more blurred and less rigid than they are today.
In the context of the present, fine art is generally more removed from the mainstream consciousness and fashion offers a way of accessibility to the masses. Art serves as a commonplace source of inspiration for designers, but more often than not, the result of that inspiration is a printed textile. The intention and message behind the art becomes lost instead. By inviting the artists into the fold to collaborate, the finalised product can be a more cohesive marriage of ideas, celebrating differences and common values.
Marc Jacobs, in his time at Louis Vuitton, was a champion of this. He brought modern artists to the forefront, from Stephen Sprouse to Japanese powerhouses Takashi Murakami and Yayoi Kusama.
Collaborations are a good idea, and both industries have caught on very quickly. Fashion brands take the opportunity to produce limited edition goods, while artists are able to not only introduce their work to a wider audience, but to work in a different medium and format. The rules vary in both fields and coming together to overcome