The Frock Report

Dispatches from the front row of fashion and style…
Posted: May 7th, 2009 | By Simon


Andy Warhol’s early career included sketching shoes for adverts. So it’s no surprise that he should go on to design a pair for himself. (Order yours here, if you like that kind of thing. I’d rather spend the cash on two sets of Lanvin trainers.)

The most commercially successful recent art-fashion collab is probably Takashi Murakami’s reimagining of the Vuitton handbag. The Richard Prince bags were also pretty hot.

Which says more about the state of the art world than art’s role in fashion (or fashion’s role as art).

Those guys have a particular concern with, and are a particular part of, popular culture. Design is key. In a sense, they comprise a kind of fine art High Street. That’s the real surprise of high fashion’s borrowing from the art world.

Yves Saint Laurent’s Mondrian Dress worked because, well, it’s clean panels of colour on fabric. How wrong can you go? Anyway, it was the cut that made an impact. But it’s a slippery slope to museum store fabrics imprinted with Monet’s ‘Water Lilies’.

Art works on clothes when it’s chosen for its design aspect and nothing else.

I like Uniqlo’s Haring and Basquiat tshirts. (Tellingly, Uniqlo’s corporate logo series makes a similar impact.)

[Picture: Sonic Youth's Sonic Nurse album cover, designed by Richard Prince]

- s

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