It’s possibly one of the most underrated love affairs of all time. Throughout history, fashion and art have collided and combined with exceptional results; and this dynamic relationship has never been more prevalent than at London Fashion Week.
This season's event will host over 150 designers in the Designer Showrooms at the home of London Fashion Week at The Strand, alongside countless catwalk shows. It’s the epitome of creativity, from clothing design to collection theming, LFW truly celebrates the relationship between fashion and art.
And this relationship has some serious history. From the earliest collaborations between designer Elsa Schiaparelli and artist Salvador Dali (the infamous lobster dress, love it!) to Damien Hirst and Alexander McQueen (THOSE butterfly adorned chiffon scarves) fashion and art have become inseparable. There’s never been a better time to celebrate this epic love affair and we’ve curated our very own top picks for a fashion inspired wish list…
This is the first time I’ve laid eyes on Tammik’s work and I’m a fan already. I love the storytelling through her graphic style, the clean lines and block colours, yet the splashes of paint and fluid, illustrative quality stops this piece from becoming too rigid. I’m a massive fan of fashion illustration and Tammik’s work takes all the elegance but gives it an artsy rebellious edge.
Known as “the Warhol of Japan” Murakami’s work takes on a bold graphic style just packed with colour, and it’s this distinctive style that enabled Murakami to thrive in the fashion world too. No stranger to the fashion scene, Murakami has previously enjoyed a thirteen-year collaboration with Louis Vuitton, even creating a new multicolor monogram pattern for the French fashion house. Jelly Fish Eyes continues his bold, anime style and is a great piece for a pattern pining art lover.
What I love about Luchtenstein’s work is the way she examines how we use our garments and the story they tell. Her beautiful still life paintings capture more about the owner than the objects themselves, allowing the observer to draw their own conclusions. Silverpoint makes me think of a glamorous and confident woman who enjoys cocktail evenings, martinis, getting dressed-up and dancing!
Arguably the fashion icon of the 90s and 00s, Kate Moss was the figurehead for 'heroine chic' movement. This cheeky lenticular dates back to 1992, just 4 years after she was discovered making it a total gem, brought to life by talented British photographer Tony Briggs. The perfect artwork for any fashion lover!
Whilst I love how progressive and creative our fashion industry is, for me, nothing beats that old school glamour. There is just something amazingly timeless about Davies’ creations that capture a sense of elegance from an era lost to us. But don’t be fooled, this is not a collection of flighty illustrations, Davies’ works combine metal and ink so each piece is a contrast of textures and surfaces.
I love how Fabrizzi's delicate figurative works seamlessly interlace renaissance, statuesque silhoutte figures with geometric, contemporary backdrops. Oozing femininity, her layered works are tactile and very reminiscent of avant garde fashion illustrations.
The intricate patterns woven across this kimono print, and the subtle details of Toppin’s work, is what makes me truly appreciate it. This piece caught my eye because of the bold orange colour, but upon closer inspection of the layered ink and detailed decoration, the sense of culture and heritage really stands out and holds your awareness. Seriously beautiful.
Fashion isn't all about the finish. There's something so indulgent about seeing behind the scenes of this seamless industry. Hoskin's still life almost brings these fabric mannequins to life, with a powerful visual language. His use of black and white elegantly transports us back in time and conjurs thoughts of 1900s fashion design.
If you’ve been inspired by LFW or want to bring your passion for fashion into your home then ponder over our fashion themed artworks...