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When fashion pays tribute to art

The bridges that link the different artistic mediums are often crossed. Each season, fashion houses take pleasure in paying tribute to cultural heritage through capsules or exhibitions.

Focus on two good examples:

Yves Saint Laurent and Jean-Michel Basquiat

Art and fashion have always been closely linked. The impressionist Auguste Renoir initiated this romance by making women’s finery the stars of his paintings. The romance continued in the 1930s with the formidable duo of Elsa Schiaparelli and Salvador Dalí, who made fashion and art their playground of expression. Another example is Yves Saint Laurent, who created the legendary Mondrian dress in 1965. Artists pay tribute to fashion designers and fashion designers pay tribute to artists. Two fields that complement each other and bear witness to an era or a style by echoing each other. This year, Yves Saint Laurent honors Jean-Michel Basquiat with a capsule collection of T-shirts, backpacks and other accessories, such as skateboards and phone cases. The collection is accompanied by an exhibition of drawings, lithographs and ceramics by the New York artist in the Yves Saint Laurent boutiques in Paris and Los Angeles.

Alexander McQueen and William Blake

Anthony Vaccarello, artistic director of Yves Saint Laurent, is not the only one to immortalize a cultural monument in 2021. Sarah Burton, artistic director at Alexander McQueen, has transposed William Blake’s pencil strokes onto the pieces in her spring-summer 2022 collection. A beautiful reinterpretation of the work of the English poet, engraver, and painter, who was himself inspired by Dante’s DivineComedy. The impeccably cut suits give the house’s punk style a light and poetic allure.

A beautiful artistic encounter for both of them.

By Cheynnes Tlili