Tag Archives: Drawing

Hans Bellmer

Alexander McQueen Resort 11

The Alexander McQueen by Sarah Burton Resort 2011 Collection drew inspiration from Hans Bellmer’s sinister doll drawings.

Other Hans Bellmer-influenced collections : Acne Studios by Jonny Johansson Autumn/Winter 2012-2013 (this show was partly based on how artists such as Hans Bellmer looked at the body), Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 1997 (this show, titled « La Poupée / The Doll », as an homage to Hans Bellmer’s 1935-1936 eponymous work, was dedicated to the German-French surrealist artist), Warren Noronha Spring/Summer 2002 (this show was inspired by Hans Bellmer’s papier-mâché doll art).

Photo : Courtesy of Alexander McQueen




Posted by on November 30, 2014 in Art


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James Gillray

John Galliano SS9

The John Galliano Spring/Summer 2009 Show made reference to James Gillray’s caricatures.

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Posted by on November 25, 2014 in Art


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Leyre Valiente AW1415

The Leyre Valiente Autumn/Winter 2014-2015 Show, titled « Nostromo », and presented as part of the Samsung EGO Innovation Project, was based on Mœbius’ drawings for Ridley Scott’s « Alien ».

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Posted by on October 27, 2014 in Comics


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Tony Viramontes

Anthony Vaccarello AW1415

The red and the black in the Anthony Vaccarello Autumn/Winter 2014-2015 Show paid tribute to Tony Viramontes’ fashion drawings.

Photo : Dominique Maitre




Posted by on April 2, 2014 in Uncategorized


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Bridget Riley

Dries Van Noten AW1415

Bridget Riley’s op art has influenced the Dries Van Noten Autumn/Winter 2014-2015 Show.

Other Bridget Riley-inspired collections : Blumarine Autumn/Winter 2010-2011 (to define the motifs of this show, Anna Molinari said, in the August 2010 issue of « French Numéro » : « the alternating black and white stripes create optical effects that remind me of the graphic works of M. C. Escher and Bridget Riley’s op art »), Ichiro Suzuki Menswear (this show, which was awarded « Fashion Collection of the Year » at Trieste’s 2012 International Talent Support competition, paid homage to op artists such as Bridget Riley), Jonathan Saunders Resort 2013 (to describe the disc-shaped motifs on a few dresses, Jonathan Saunders told « Vogue » that they were « a bit Bridget Riley, I suppose »), MILA Autumn/Winter 2012-2013 (in this show, Mila Hermanovski partly referenced Bridget Riley’s way of playing with geometry), Noon By Noor Autumn/Winter 2013-2014 (the patterns on the eveningwear were based on Bridget Riley’s optical art), Vionnet by Rodolfo Paglialunga Autumn/Winter 2011-2012 (the backdrop of this presentation was a Bridget Riley-inspired black and white swirling motif).

Photo : Giovanni Giannoni


Posted by on March 30, 2014 in Art


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Céline SS14Brassaï’s « Graffiti » photographs have influenced the motifs of the Céline by Phoebe Philo Spring/Summer 2014 Show.

Another Brassaï-inspired collection : Marc Jacobs Autumn/Winter 2011-2012 (this show was partly based on Brassaï’s « Paris by Night » book).

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Posted by on December 26, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Lord Jim

Olympia Le-Tan SS14 Lord Jim

Joseph Conrad’s « Lord Jim » novel has inspired the illustrations that Pierre Le-Tan made for the prints of Olympia Le-Tan’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection.

Another « Lord Jim »-influenced item : Olympia Le-Tan Autumn/Winter 2009-2010 (this collection featured a clutch with an embroidered motif of the cover of « Lord Jim »).

Photo : Giovanni Giannoni




Posted by on December 2, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Marge Simpson

AleXsandro Palombo X Marge Simpson

Artist and designer AleXsandro Palombo pays tribute to Marge Simpson in a series of illustrations which showcase the most iconic dresses of the last 100 years, such as the « Union Jack » mini-dress that Spice Girls’ Geri Halliwell wore at the 1997 BRIT Awards.

In January 2012, AleXsandro Palombo had reimagined as Marge Simpson fashion icons, including Coco Chanel and Donatella Versace, in a series of fashion cartoons.

To read about collections with the Union Jack, search for the « Union Jack » post that I have published on March 18, 2013.

To read about Spice Girls-inspired collections, search for the « Spice Girls » post that I have published on June 24, 2013.

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Posted by on November 21, 2013 in Comics


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A Clockwork Orange

JPG X Madonna 90The costumes that Jean Paul Gaultier designed for the finale of Madonna’s  « Blond Ambition World Tour », in 1990, when she performed « Keep It Together », were based on Stanley Kubrick’s « A Clockwork Orange » and Bob Fosse’s « Cabaret ».

Other « A Clockwork Orange »-influenced collections : Alexander McQueen Autumn/Winter 2009-2010 Menswear (this collection sometimes echoed « A Clockwork Orange »), Avakian (in April 2008, Avakian unveiled a collection, at the Australian Fashion Week, which was based on « A Clockwork Orange »), John Galliano Autumn/Winter 2006-2007 Menswear ( wrote that the start of this show was « Oliver Twist meets A Clockwork Orange »), Limi Feu Spring/Summer 2011 (the bowler hats, Droog-inspired eyelashes and Doc Martens-style boots evoked « A Clockwork Orange »), Moschino Autumn/Winter 2012-2013 Menswear (the 1st look of this show echoed « A Clockwork Orange »), Rachael Hall Autumn/Winter 2012-2013 (the knitted pieces of this collection, presented on May 31, 2012, as part of the London’s Royal College of Art MA, paid homage to « A Clockwork Orange »), Rodnik Spring/Summer 2008 (this collection was a tribute to « A Clockwork Orange »).

To read about Madonna-inspired collections or Madonna’s collaborations, search for the « Madonna » post that I published on September 4, 2012.

Sketch : Jean Paul Gaultier



Posted by on November 2, 2013 in Cinema


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M. C. Escher

Holly Fulton AW1314The Holly Fulton Autumn/Winter 2013-2014 Show highlighted M. C. Escher-style geometric cubes.

Some M. C. Escher-influenced collections : Diane von Furstenberg Autumn/Winter 2013-2014 (the black and white motifs in this show echo M. C. Escher’s drawings), Eley Kishimoto for Clarks Originals Spring/Summer 2013 (the « Desert Boots » that Eley Kishimoto customized for Clarks Originals are decorated with M. C. Escher-inspired motifs), Ichiro Suzuki (the menswear collection that Ichiro Suzuki presented in July 2012, as part of the 2012 International Talent Support competition, was inspired in part by M. C. Escher’s optical works), Issey Miyake by Dai Fujiwara Autumn/Winter 2011-2012 (M. C. Escher influenced the optical illusion pieces of this collection), Jonathan Saunders Spring/Summer 2004 (this collection referenced, among other things, M. C. Escher’s optical works), Jonathan Saunders Autumn/Winter 2009-2010 (partly inspired by M. C. Escher), Loewe by Stuart Vevers Spring/Summer 2012 (this collection, which featured M. C. Escher-influenced tile and lizard prints, celebrated the 75th anniversary of M. C. Escher’s trip to the Alhambra in Granada), Marco de Vincenzo Spring/Summer 2012 (some knitted dresses were reminiscent of M. C. Escher’s lithographs), Matthew Williamson Spring/Summer 2006 (some prints were based on M. C. Escher’s works), Narciso Rodriguez Autumn/Winter 2012-2013 (M. C. Escher-inspired motifs), Neil Barrett Spring/Summer 2012 Menswear (some motifs were inspired by M. C. Escher), Paul & Joe® Resort 2013 (M. C. Escher-inspired patterns), Paul Smith Autumn/Winter 2013-2014 Menswear (some knits evoke M. C. Escher’s works), Rag & Bone Spring/Summer 2012 (optical M. C. Escher-style motifs), Ter et Bantine Spring/Summer 2013 (M. C. Escher-style cube prints), Tomohiro Tokita (the sci-fi menswear collection that Tomohiro Tokita presented in 2010, when he was graduating at the Fashion department of Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts, featured M. C. Escher-influenced prints).

Furthermore, the James Lima-directed « Fallen Shadows » film (showcasing Prada’s Autumn/Winter 2008-2009 collection), screened on September 2008 in Prada’s Broadway Epicenter, partly took inspiration from M. C. Escher.

Photo : Filippo Fior / InDigital / GoRunway




Posted by on February 19, 2013 in Art


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