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Fashion and Art: Where Creativity Meets Style

Fashion and Art: Where Creativity Meets Style

Fashion and art share a rich history of inspiration, self-expression, and boundary-pushing. They've continually fuelled each other's innovation, resulting in a dynamic synergy of style and creativity.

Throughout history, clothing has been a potent medium for self-expression, enabling individuals to communicate their unique creative identities. When the worlds of fashion and art converge, the outcome is a mesmerizing amalgamation of aesthetics and ingenuity.

In recent times, this intersection between fashion and art has grown increasingly pronounced. Designers are forging collaborations with artists, birthing wearable art that is as aesthetically stunning as it is thought-provoking. Just as art collectors invest in traditional artworks, they are now turning their attention to these wearable masterpieces. Join us as we explore this captivating fusion of fashion and art and its ever-expanding influence on our creative landscape.


How Art Influences Fashion

Art has a profound influence on fashion, shaping trends and aesthetics. Artists have always played a pivotal role in inspiring designers to think beyond traditional boundaries. Paintings, sculptures, and other forms of visual art often serve as a wellspring of inspiration for fashion designers, from the vibrant colours of a Picasso painting to the bold geometric shapes of a Mondrian artwork, art has the power to transform ordinary garments into extraordinary creations.


Famous Collaborations Between Designers and Artists

There have been many famous collaborations between designers and artists over the years. Some of the most notable include:

  • Yves Saint Laurent and Andy Warhol: In 1965, Saint Laurent collaborated with Warhol to create a collection of dresses inspired by his Pop Art paintings. 
  • Raf Simons and Sterling Ruby: In 2017, Simons collaborated with the American artist Sterling Ruby to create a collection of clothes that explored the relationship between fashion and sculpture. 
  • Virgil Abloh and Takashi Murakami: In 2018, Abloh collaborated with the Japanese artist Takashi Murakami to create a collection of clothes that fused streetwear with traditional Japanese art forms. 
  • Kaws and Dior: In 2019, the American artist Kaws collaborated with the French fashion house Dior to create a collection of clothing and accessories that featured his signature "Companion" character. The collection was a huge success, and it helped to introduce Kaws' work to a wider audience. 
  • Takashi Murakami and Louis Vuitton: The Japanese artist Takashi Murakami has collaborated with Louis Vuitton on several occasions. Their most famous collaboration was the "Multicolore" collection, which was released in 2003. The collection featured Murakami's signature "Superflat" style, and it was a huge commercial success. 
  • Virgil Abloh and Off-White: The American designer Virgil Abloh has collaborated with a number of artists, including the late Keith Haring. In 2018, Abloh released a capsule collection with Off-White that featured Haring's iconic "Crack is Wack" graffiti. The collection was a huge success, and it helped to raise awareness of Haring's work. 


The Recent Romy x Shelley Bickerstaff collaboration

We are thrilled to present the recent collaboration between local designer Romy and Tasmanian artist, Shelley Bickerstaff titled: Hip Hills. Inspired by the female form, the Hip Hills print was designed exclusively by Shelley for Romy.

The illustration of nature and body is positioned to highlight the pursuit of feeling truly grounded and bonded to our environment—a matched energy that allows us to be in an unconscious state of flow.

Shop the Romy x Shelley Bickerstaff collection here

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