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Carol Williams

 by Laura Dargan

As we know, art can be inspired by just about anything. At least for me. Whether it’s a beautiful color combination on a dress, a gorgeous Charleston sunset, or the way the light hits the asphalt in the late afternoon. I’m serious, I can be inspired by anything! Art itself also has its way of inspiring. And in many instances that inspiration is found by fashion designers. High end fashion houses have been known to pull inspiration from bold masterpieces to create wearable masterpieces.

Elie Saab, a master in the art of dressmaking, grabbed inspiration from artist Chuck Close. Close is noted for his large scale, photo-realist portraits.


Here is a shot of a fashion study with a painting by Jackson Pollock from Vogue Magazine in 1951 (Cecil Beaton).



A collection from the late fashion designer L’Wren Scott features inspiration from artist Gustav Klimt.

Some examples are subtle. Others are quite literal like Prada’s Spring collection of 2013 inspired by Andy Warhol’s “Flowers”


Or Dutch painter Piet Mondrian and Yves Saint Laurent


Inspiration is everywhere and can be used for anything. You may find it where you least expect it to be.

Laura Dargan