10 Artists That Have Inspired Fashion

Posted by August 4, 2014 - Art, Fashion, Pop Culture, We L@VE Shoes

It’s time to take the art out of the museum and put it where everyone can see it- and where better than on your body! Over the decades fashion designers have used art as their muse, and have gained inspiration from their creative energy. Here are some of the most influential artist in the fashion realm of all time.

 1. Salvador Dali

Not only was Salvador Dali a great surrealist artist but also a less know fact about him is that in 1930 he created illustrations for such magazines as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. He created a real frenzy in the fashion world when he worked with Elsa Schiaparelli to make the now famous lobster lobster prints that are still referenced in fashion today.


2. Kazimir Malevich

Unless you specifically studied art Kazimir Malevich’s work might not immediately come to your mind but his influence is definitely felt in the fashion world. He was a Russian painter who specialized in geometric abstract art and originated the avant-garde, Suprematist movement in the 1920s. His work inspired beautiful fabrics decorated with geometric forms and simple new cuts to accentuate the geometry he uses so often in his pieces.


3. Piet Mondrian

The very famous works of Piet Mondrian of course have had their impact on fashion. The famous color blocking pieces have been referenced in countless collection anywhere from Hermés to YSL and from Nike to Topshop and everything in between.


4. Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol is a true icon of pop art. He made everyday things into art- and this was no exception for fashion. The connection seems to flow effortlessly. His pieces were turned into hip prints that could be worn anywhere. The most successful and what solidified the bond between art and fashion was the Campbell’s soup print dress.



5. Yayoi Kusama

A Japanese painter best know for repetitive polka dot print that she can fill entire room with caught the fashion world’s attention. In 2012 she sparked up a collaboration with Louis Vuitton- other brand took suit after seeing this like Marc Jacobs.


6. Damien Hirst

He is one of the most expensive and influential contemporary artists in the world right now. He launches a project called etymology in which he worked with varying insects and collaborated with Alexander McQueen where he created a collection of silk scarves with beetles and butterflies on them. This led to a similar collection with Prada.

7. Gustav Klimt

Gustav Klimt is still one of the most replicated artists of all time and many fashion label draw on inspiration of his jewel-tone mosaic aesthetic and prints. This includes Alexander McQueen who borrows familiar golden disk motifs for some of his pieces.


8. Rene Magritte

This Belgian always enjoyed interest from the it only makes sense that the public loves him back. Opening Ceremony launched a Magritte adorn with his classic prints that everybody could wear. They are not the only label to use his prints though, also Manolo Blahnik, Vans and Birkenstocks drew some inspiration from him.


9. Roy Lichtenstein

For furniture and clothing prints Roy Lichtenstein comes in first, with his eye catching comic book designs. In 2011 lisa Perry released an entire collection dedicated to these prints. It didn’t take long for other brands like Nike, Vans, Converse and Charlotte Olympia to catch on either with these vibrant prints.


10.  Keith Haring

Keith Haring has collaborated directly with many fashion designers such as Vivienne Westwood and Nicholas Kirkwood- as a former pupil of Warhol himself, he was familiar with the little quirks of pop culture leading him to be very a influential cultural icon. It is hard to imagine an 80′s without him.