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There has been no bigger influence on fashion than art.


From actual physical art in the form of sculpture and architecture, to paintings and photography. Plus art that is perceived in TV, film and theatre has a big influence too. The biggest blockbusters have a big impact on the fashion business, and sometimes shape trends for the following seasons.

I have always created fashion garments that have captured art in some way. From my earlier Jeans that were influenced by the movements from performers on stage. To my most recent Jeans, which were taken inspiration from the peacock fashion movement of the 1960s.

I’ve been fascinated by every aspect of art. And in the past I have created costumes that have been used on photo shoots for the female form, inspired by movement. I want to create more unique garments for Men, and the way I do this is to make my own art in Jeans form.

Without art we would not have the best fashion movements. Art strikes emotions that are powerful. Such as the Nightmare from Henry Fuseli. This painting always captures my eye as I have always be fascinated with dreams, and have also had sleep paralysis (which I like to imagine this painting is all about).

Within the next couple of blogs I am going to do a mini delve into the art and fashion crossover within snippets of the last 50 years.

In the late 1960s the Psychedelic movement was in full bloom, beginning with poster art that were inspired by Art Nouveau. With colourful patterns and drug induced art work, this started to bleed into the fashion world. The biggest example of this would be that of The Beatles in 1967 during their one world session, where John Lennon wore a sunflower coat created by designer Dougie Millings.

One of the biggest influences to the fashion world in the 1970s (and beyond) was David Bowie.

In 1970 fashion designer Michael Fish created dresses and other garments perceived as being feminine, and dressed famous performers. One of the dresses was created for David Bowie (which was a year after Michael had created a plain white Greek-style dress for Mick Jagger to perform on stage in the summer of 1969 at Hyde Park). Bowie wore a dress created in a Pre-Raphaelite inspired print, which was printed on silk, and was knee-length. He wore this for the original cover of his album the man who sold the world.

A little bit of information about The Pre-Raphaelites:

The Pre-Raphaelites were a secret society of young artists founded in London in 1848. The movement was created by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Holmon Hunt and Sir John Everett Millais. The most famous art work from the Pre-Raphes was that of ‘Ophelia’, taken from a scene from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The painting was created by Sir John Everett Millais.

Maybe the use of the Pre-Raphaelite prints could be a take on a more romanticised time in history, used in a more uncertain time in the 1970s.

This was one of the biggest inspirations for romantic fashion movements, and I think that the artists who were part of the movement were just as much of an influence as their artwork was. The fashion from the 1840/50s had a very romantic feel, and with literature from the era portraying love and everything that came along with it gave fashion designers a lot to play with in the latter half of the 20th century. Creating one movement in 1980 called ‘New Romantics’…tbc

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