World Art Day is celebrated each year on 15th April – the birthdate of Leonardo da Vinci (born in 1452). Each year a theme is chosen for the day, with this year’s theme being “Art is good for the health.”
Art is a huge influence on fashion, and I’ve started an “Art & Fashion” series highlighting this – the first one was actually focused on da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.
The crossover of art and fashion takes many forms. Some fashion designers collaborate directly with artists – for example Elsa Schiaparelli with Salvador Dali, or Alexander McQueen with Damien Hirst. Other times, particular scenes and motifs from artwork are recreated, such as the melting clocks from Dali’s The Persistence of Memory being brought to life as the Cartier Crash watch.
Probably the most familiar is the direct printing of artwork on clothes and accessories, such as Vivienne Westwood’s famous François Boucher corsets and Jean Paul Gaultier’s The Birth of Venus prints that got him sued by the Uffizi Gallery for improper usage. This dress from the Resort 2021 collection by Lanvin features artwork by Erté.
Of course, many fashion pieces, especially haute couture, are artworks themselves.