Art and Fashion Collaborations

After New York, London and Milan, it’s Paris’s turn to present its Fashion Week! Artsper invites you for an overview of two fields that often cross roads and sometimes even identify with one another: art and fashion. Through their elaborate settings, fashion shows often border performance, and, on the other hand, museums and galleries sometimes feature fashion designers. These collaborations often hide complex economical issues, and we’ve actually enjoyed making a selection and present you a few of these issues…


“The luxury world and the artistic world share the thrills and the passion for creation. If our brand inspires artists, they also stimulate our house in return. So there’s an entire process of mutual inspiration, and it is very productive.” Yves Carcelle, former CEO of Louis Vuitton

Hermès + Kongo
Or how to combine street art and luxury. Kongo is the founder of the International Graffiti Festival, but, before collaborating with him, the high-fashion house had already worked with artists such as Buren or Sugimoto.

Louis Vuitton+Takashi Murakami
Since the eccentric Marc Jacobs became in charge of its artistic direction, the brand has already collaborated with numerous artists. You might remember the tagged leather goods from 12 years ago… those were signed by Stephen Sprouse. Also last year, did you see the psychedelic boutique windows and the polka dots accessories and clothing by the artist Yayoi Kusama? For us, their most important collaboration was with Takashi Murakami, as it started back in 2003. First, the artist changed the colors of the monogram:

Then, in 2005, he created the “cherry” monogram:

Followed by the “monogramouflage”, en 2008:

In 2007, during an exhibition of Takashi Murakami’s work at the Museum of Contemporary Art de Los Angeles, Louis Vuitton installed an 80 sqm pop-up store in the museum and sold a limited edition of handbags designed by the artist. This is truly a long-term collaboration…

Swatch+Jean-Michel Othoniel
His career has been rising since the ‘90s. Before designing watches, he designed the entrance of the Palais Royal metro station in Paris and had shows in the most prestigious galleries in Paris and in museums around the world.

Carven+Jérôme Bosch
Let’s leave contemporary art aside for a bit and take a look at surrealism in the Middle Ages: Hieronymus Bosch. His caricature characters coming from the bestiaries of the period, hell, paradise, satire, morals, all become prints on the Carven couture dresses.

Piet Mondrian+Yves Saint Laurent We can’t skip this dress created in 1965. Its name is evocative, it was created 4 years after the opening of the Yves Saint Laurent house, and its prototype was realized by Azzedine Alaïa.

I have always had a passion for painting, so finding inspiration for my designs in painting was just natural. I didn’t try to measure myself against the great masters, maybe just get close to their work and learn something from their genius.” YSL

And 48 years after, this pioneer of abstract painting still inspires fashion design, and these Nikes stand proof for this.

If you’re interested in the subject, you can read this paper written by Jill Gasparina, independent art critic and teacher at the Paris 8 University. She is currently preparing a thesis about the massification phenomenon in contemporary art.