Fashion and Art connected.

Floral connections, but also metamorphic ones.

In a world where the star system and the fashion system are so relevant, fashion looks at art to steal  a little of its sublime, ultramundane touch.

John Galliano 2004 versus Gustave Klimt, beginning of the 20th century: in both cases, garments like sunflowers, fabrics like little flowers in 3d. Total metamorphosis: women turned into botanical treasures.


To be honest, Klimt offers the viewer a plant with a carpet of colorful and graceful flowers, at its roots: it is a sunflower plant. The setting is such that no one sees a plant, but one of his women with long large dresses, sumptuous but linear, Botticelli-style, with bright fauve color,.

The patchwork of different flowers and different plants correspond to patchwork of different fabrics, with different but meticulously naturalistic patterns, and a gigantic sunflower as a headdress that makes the head of the woman to disappear, like a residue of human features. Literally, a metamorphosis is a crossing, going beyond form, trespassing.

Women-vegetables  or humanized plants, the fact remains that the floral patchwork winks at a renaissance of graceful but outrageous, feminine but assertive forms.


More flora, than fauna, on the canvas as on the catwalk.



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SPREAD YOUR WINGS, BABE/ art connections : klein – pedrini, cosmic energy and freedom

Wings between visual art and music.


Art is made to overfly. To get rid of the daily life powder, and fly high.

Music is spirit without body , said  Schopenhauer.

‘Give me wings, give me space’, wrote David Bowie, later, in a song. Wings : an immortal symbol of something ‘high’, pure and cosmic.

Mix all these elements , and you’ll  have  the perfect connection between visual art and music; a connection made of freedom, essentially .

There is a great love for Anarchy and cosmic energy, both in Yves Klein and in italian rockstar Omar Pedrini.

No rules, but freedom, feelings,   life in its essence.

In colours and in rock’n’roll.

Yves Klein is  one of the most famous  artists known for his  spiritual research in  the arts , mixing music and painting : while an orchestra was playing  an oriental music ( Klein was enchanted by zen values), his models, painted with his mesmerising BLUE KLEIN PIGMENT,  left traces on paper called ‘anthropometries’ , to celebrate an immaterial state of lightness, cosmic energy, life  ‘in progress’ .

This happens in a rock concert,too,  where the energy is flowing and dinamic,  in  Klein’s  art everything is in  the ‘happening’, his paintings (the anthropometries) are  just, to him, the dusts of his art (a sort of memory of the energy gone).

Energy, music, primary instincts. He wants art to be immaterial: to be and not to appear.


Is there anything  closer to music than this ?

It is all so evident in the  traces of  his ‘blue  wings’ : human  wings, like the Nike’s ones, in a sort of ‘vital rush’, a visual ode to fly upon the material world.  So Sixties/Seventies .

Music (rock music) leaves traces on the soul, too:  that’s why you can see two guitars with wings on the t-shirt of a true, inspired italian rockstar , Omar Pedrini ,  a guitar like a gothic rock angel . They are the symbol of that kind of energy Klein was looking for . In both  cases they are symbols of the same research :  artists that are looking for Lightness,  against the gravity , “swimming in the air”, just in the arms of  artistic inspiration .

Pedrini’s songs talks about   that kleinesque  inspiration from the Energy : “vado via con me verso oriente” (I go away, with me, to the East), “sarò acqua che si disseta da sé, Io e me vento che si rincorre” (And I will be water that quenches itself, Me and me,  wind that  chases itself).  Yves Klein has said : “I wish to play with human feeling, with its ‘morbidity” and “ I painted some monochrome surfaces just to ‘see’ with my own eyes absolute freedom!”.

Lots in common : Space, natural elements, emotions in sound or colours. Sometime visual art is spiritual, and music, viceversa, gives visions.  These are the great connections  that different Arts can generate.


Day is blue

silence is green

life is yellow;

light traces,

lines, and never ends…YKlein


Anthropometries, Yves Klein,

Omar Padrini , photo by Giovanna Tagliati .

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It is a relationship that goes well, the blink between art and fashion .

There is a young girl, seated. She wears the colours of Expressionism in her little dress, in strong yellow and black colours , a burning green ground and a sofa in electric blue. There is ‘fire’ in the room, but it is a sort of early psychedelia, in a darker way, with melancholy, spleen and blues inside. There is a cat, like in a Balthus atmosphere, but there is no sexy gaze, no sexy attitude. There is a poetry inside the room, inside the woman . It is the ideal girl of the group, that wanted to open the mouth to man’s heart.

Prada, many years later. More than 100 years later. You can’t find that fire that corrupts and that kind of consumption, but you don’t find the typical fashion girl . You find a young lady that has a bag in her hands and not  a cat, and chic black , not screaming colours . But it is art that Prada wants to put in his ideal buyer mind , it is a dress made for women with soul and brain. .

In an art system where the word brand is so important ( Damien Hirst says ‘you have to be brand, because this is our world, otherwise you’re out ), this is one of a kind connection.

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Louis Vuitton , Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons designs the second collection of Louis Vuitton bags in 2017.

The intersection between two worlds closer and closer is for the second time demonstrated by the Masters , in which Koons, one of the most influential contemporary artists in the art world, emphasizes the personal connection with each of the honored artists.

He said, “When someone walks down the street or sits in a cafe wearing one of these bags, he’s really communicating his love for humanity.”

Beyond the personal affirmations of the Puppies artist, a collection of this type underlines the worldwide tendency to the art brand and in general of every luxury product.

A bag is an object of use that has an added value, when it comes to an icon like Louis Vuitton: prestige, durability, luxury, elegance, style are all symbols that, as philosopher  Cassirer would say about the fact that we are symbolic animals , accompany the buyer in the choice of an eloquent and recognizable product like this.

Adding tributes to Art adds eternity and symbolic values ​​to an object that, though durable and prestigious, has certainly nothing to do with the eternity or immortality of a pictorial masterpiece.

From Boucher to Gauguin, from Manet to Monet, from Poussin to Turner: mythical artists present in the collective imagination climbing up on bags , that are equally present in a global fantasy of fashion victims.

Against the deadly fashion , we choose works of art that become pop but that are intertwined with fashion design as in a sort of yin and yang.

‘Brand everywhere’ is the keyword. With the authoritative but also graceful  stamp of Monet’s water lilies.

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Gucci versus Bosch and Millais

Fashion and Art fusion. Fashion has always kept an eye on art in its inspiration; just think of how many tributes to the Avant-gardes (such as Orphic Cubism or Pop Art) Gianni Versace dedicated  in his Nineties catwalks or to certain advertisements by Chanel via the Karl Lagerfeld ‘genius’, thought in tribute to Byzantium and the mosaics of Ravenna a few years ago.

-Gucci Hallucination.

The 2018 Spring Summer campaign of the Florentine Maison led by Alessandro Michele is a triumph of nymphs and art figures, under the artistic aegis of Ignasi Monreal.

In golden dress, between water lilies and stagnant waters, a novel Ophelia pays homage to the famous John Everett Millais, from 1852. A painting that has been mentioned in music videos over the years (from Robert Plant to Nick Cave, to make only two iconic names), expresses the virginal but mischievous pre-Raphaelite femininity and exalts the binomial Love and Death, which is perhaps the most famous literary topos painted at the time and which lends itself to the theatricality of a fashion collection so linked to style rather than passing by market.

Aura of an artist, aura of fashion designers.

If everything becomes a brand, including art, the union between brands exalts them to each other but is also a way to celebrate icons of art in the imagination of a vast audience.

Hyeronymus Bosch, with his Triptych of the garden of delights, 1490-1500, inspired an artwork that leads straight into a dimension, as the title of the campaign itself says, hallucinated, so timely and bewildered as to be truly fashion surrealism.

The artist, Ignasi Monreal, makes irony with these digitally created illustrations but treated like real paintings.

‘The women, the  knights, the arms and the love stories”, sang Ludovico Ariosto, in his Orlando Furioso , emblem of the crazy love and the courteous environment in his later days. Knights, women, weapons and designer bags are the leitmotif of an advertising campaign that marks a clear contamination between the visual art world and its icons and icons of a world-famous style brand.

An ironic ending that winks at a tribute of art in the art: Ignasi dives into the recreated canvas and extends his hand to the girl, the new epigone model of the magnificent muse Elisabeth Siddal, to get her out of her ‘water grave’ .

Art gives way to advertising, and death gives way to particularly iconic luxury items

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