A Collision of Fashion and Art: Wearable Art

As H&M launch their collaboration with artist Jeff Koons and sprawl ‘Fashion Loves Art’ across their new flagship store, we take a look at how fashion and art are colliding to create wearable art.

Whilst the use of graphics in fashion has become increasingly popular (thanks Mary Katrantzou!), the combination of fashion and fine art has been less familiar. Fine artist Leah Smithson is currently working on a project with Kickstarter, a funding platform for emerging talent. Her venture has been to create a wearable piece of art, and to strike inspiration for her project she came up with the fictional tale of the Ishan. The Ishan are a forgotten species with limbs that imitate tree branches, and Leah has used them to decorate her scarves. Each scarf is hand painted, meaning that each piece of art is unique. Having pieces that are one of a kind are something we often search for, though usually in vintage shops. Leah’s projects and similar art ventures would inject our wardrobes with some more imaginative and individual pieces.

Lucy Jay is another designer who has combined fashion and art, working with the likes of Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie. Her designs use bold and graphic motifs that stem from a blend of bejewelled symmetry and distinctive patterns. With her online store now open, shoppers now have the chance to snap up one of her vivid and vibrant scarves.

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This month we have also seen East London brand G-Shock collaborate with screen-printing duo DONE London, creating 20 unique t-shirts, art prints and stickers, whilst DONE London have produced screen prints to decorate the shops walls. With the lines between fashion and art becoming increasingly blurred, it looks like we can expect to see more works of art hanging in our wardrobes.

Words: Kayla Joleen