Fashion and art. It is an increasingly strong union that links the world of clothing to that of painters, sculptors and photographers. Both among historical and established brands and among emerging designers. And if the first ones exploit the power of other people’s creativity for lack of personal input, especially lately, the latter are driven by a strong search for beauty and how to represent it through clothes or accessories. And the teacher they look up to is certainly Yves Saint Laurent. The first couturier to introduce the vision of artists such as Serge Poliakoff, the sculptor Calude Lalanne, Monet and Picasso on the catwalks. After all, Oscar Wilde writes:
“One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.”
Among the contemporary Made in Italy fashion houses that support the marriage between art and fashion there is certainly Nobahar Design. Since the beginning the jewellery brand founded in 2017 by Sogand Nobahar, makes sculpture the source from which to draw and produce bijoux able to match exactly the motto of the great architect Louis Sullivan – because we know that basically architecture is the projection on large scale of sculpture -: “The form follows the function“. Beauty and pure lines.
Monsieur Saint Laurent would certainly have liked the jewels made by Acchitto, by Elena Faccio and Francesca Richiardi. Both passionate about fashion and art, they are strongly convinced of having to recall this last element in their creations. Among the best known jewels of the brand there are certainly the faces, the Moors, thus celebrating the world and the representation of Berber artistic culture.
Art is a family matter for fashion designers Teresa, Arianna and Miriam Gardoni, founders of Gardoni Art. The label of silk accessories created by the three sisters is in fact directly inspired by the works of the grandfather, the great expressionist painter Vincenzo Gardoni. His gesture, his colours, his creativity are all enclosed in the precious and handmade foulard by the Gardoni sisters. A contemporary tribute to the history of Italian art.
And as if wanting to close a circle, Lāu, from the atelier in Rome, conceives collection after collection of geometric prints for its women’s clothes. The reference to the Bauhaus as well as to Neoplasticism evoke precise silhouettes, without excessive decorations. The linearity much appreciated by YSL that in 1965 dedicated the autumn-winter collection to the most linear of all the artists: Piet Mondrian.