Art and fashion once existed worlds apart, but certain designers and artists have made great strides to bring them closer together. When and artist and designer come together to collaborate on a project, the results are often amazing. How cool is it to see one artistic aesthetic being applied into a fashion design? Here are a few prominent fashion collaborations featuring the work of unique visual artists.
Above: Yayoi Kusama's collaboration with Louis Vuitton, 2012.
Piet Mondrian and Yves Saint Laurent, 1965
YSL's shift dresses inspired by Piet Mondrian in the 60's promoted and publicized the work of an artist so well known today, it's questionable which label is more of a household name. The very mod dresses work so well with Mondrian's signature primary colors and black lines.
Yayoi Kusama and Louis Vuitton, 2012
Kusama's work is often recognized for the serial repetition of poppy prints, and her handbags in collaboration with Louis Vuitton relied on these crazy prints to set them apart. What's more, the designer utilized Kusama's crazy installations as the setting for his ad campaign photoshoots, further communicating the artist's message in line with the designer's.
Keith Haring and Nicholas Kirkwood, 2011
Nicholas Kirkwood's shoes are often sculptural and architectural on their own, so it makes sense that he opted to collaborate with famed artist Keith Haring in recent years. Both the artist and the designer favor wacky and bold designs, so their shoes together fit the bill.
Takashi Murakami and Louis Vuitton, 2007
Murakami's brightly colored handbags with cheeky prints for Louis Vuitton are part of another of many collaborations the major design house has engaged in. Remember Vuitton's white and rainbow print handbags? Those colorful designs were from Japanese artist Murakami, who made the cheerful doodles and cartoons interlaid with the LV logo.
Jeff Koons and H&M, 2014
Slightly more controvercial recent collaboration was of artist Jeff Koons and mass retailer H&M, leading to the question of whether or not artist collaborations work with mass retailers? Koons is loved by some and hated by others, but there's something irresistably charming about his balloon dogs, which were featured on small handbags for H&M.
Stephen Sprouse and Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton, 2001
Stephen Sprouse's heyday was in the late 80's and early 90's, but his graffiti-drawn designs with Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton revived his name in the art and fashion communities and made his day-glo graffiti trademark recognizable again.
The original collab: Salvador Dali and Elsa Schiaparelli, 1937
In the 1930's, surrealist artist Salvador Dali hand painted designs for famed designer Schiaparelli to feature in her "Circus" collection. The most well-known of this early collaboration is the white gown with a painted lobster appliquéd onto the skirt.