Art in Action
Fashion designers search for inspiration in the most unusual places. Film, music, an era in time or even a childhood memory have been known to inspire designers’ catwalk collections but an area of influence that will never cease to impact fashion is art.
Perhaps the most apt example of this is Yves Saint Laurent’s iconic 1966 shift dress, The Mondrian. The late French designer spent a lifetime collecting masterpieces from Matisse to Cezanne, from Picasso to Mondrian and this love for art translated to collection after collection of art-inspired masterpieces on the runway.
In 1966, YSL created his iconic Pop Art Collection of which, The Mondrian Shift Dress took centre stage. It was inspired by the works of Dutch painter, Piet Mondrian and in particular his eponymous masterpiece, The Mondrian. In the early 1900s, Mondrian’s abstract pieces became world-renowned due to their distinctive grid-like form and minimal use of primary colours.
YSL’s Mondrian, the original colour-block dress, became the It-dress of the 1960s and came to define the era. At a glance YSL’s fine art creation transports us to the swinging sixties, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and the invention of Boohoo’s favourite, the mini!