When fash­ion meets art

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Paul Poiret And Ge­orges Lepape

In 1908, Paul Poiret in­vented the mod­ern-day look­book when he com­mis­sioned the il­lus­tra­tor Ge­orges Lepape to doc­u­ment his East­ern-in­spired col­lec­tion.

Elsa Schi­a­par­elli and Sal­vador Dalí

Sal­vador Dalí’s ‘shoe hat’ and ‘skele­ton dress’, cre­ated in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Elsa Schi­a­par­elli in the 1930s, are some of fash­ion his­tory’s most cel­e­brated gar­ments.

Yves Saint Lau­rent and Piet Mon­drian

Yves Saint Lau­rent’s wool-jersey dresses, an homage to Mon­drian’s ab­stract geo­met­ric paint­ings, were greeted with a mixed re­sponse in 1965. They have be­come almost as fa­mous as the orig­i­nal art­works.

Ossie Clark and Celia Birtwell

Celia Birtwell, a print­maker, and Ossie Clark, a de­signer, es­tab­lished them­selves as a for­mi­da­ble de­sign duo, and dressed ev­ery­one from The Rolling Stones to The Bea­tles. David Hock­ney im­mor­talised the cou­ple in his 1971 paint­ing Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy.

Stephen Sprouse and Louis Vuit­ton

Com­mis­sioned by Marc Ja­cobs in 2009 to ‘de­face’ Louis Vuit­ton’s iconic mono­gram, the col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the French lug­gage brand and graf­fiti artist Stephen Sprouse elicited a spend­ing frenzy.

Mi­uc­cia Prada and var­i­ous artists

For her spring/summer 2014 col­lec­tion, Mi­uc­cia Prada gave five con­tem­po­rary artists a brief of ‘fem­i­nin­ity, rep­re­sen­ta­tion, power and mul­ti­plic­ity’ and com­mis­sioned them to paint por­traits that adorned dresses and formed the back­drop for a kalei­do­scopic cat­walk show.

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