Wednesday, 13 April 2011
The art of fashion
That's Not My Age hit the town last night for the launch of the Mother of Pearl pop-up shop (or Mop Shop) - a very fancy do indeed with paparazzi, pop music and potent cocktails. MOP designer, Maia Norman, 48, has collaborated with artist Jim Lambie, 47, on her S/S 11 collection, the floral head dress made me think about synchronised swimming, the Burkha ban in France and surrealist artist, Sheila Legge's self-portrait in Trafalgar Square, 1936:
Californian-born Norman is Damien Hirst's partner and the mother of their three children, so she already has strong connections to the art world and a history of er, working closely with artists. Don't you love Jim Lambie's Miles Davies print? He should call it 'Kind of Bloom.'
That's Maia Norman on the left wearing a floral print dress from the collection and those Prada shoes:
And behind the decks, in a chocolate brown corduroy suit, Mr Jarvis Cocker, 47. Hello Jarvis.
Of course this isn't the first time fashion has taken inspiration from art, Elsa Schiaparelli and Salvador Dali teamed up in the 1930s - this lobster dress was worn by Wallis Simpson:
in 1965 Yves Saint Laurent kicked off the colour blocking craze with his Mondrian dress.
The following year, artist Andy Warhol dabbled with fashion and came up with this Campbell's soup tin paper dress.
For spring 2008, Marc Jacobs worked with the American artist, Richard Prince:
And more recently, one of my favourite artists, Grayson Perry collaborated with Liberty on a range of lovely scarves:
That's Not My Age would like to see a Bridget Riley/Sonia Rykiel collaboration. Who would be your designer/artist dream team?
Sheila Legge: Tumblr
Schiaparelli: The Huffington Post
YSL and Andy Warhol dresses: The Met Museum
Marc Jacobs: style.com
Grayson Perry: Marie Claire