As the borders, distinguishing fashion from art, blur, we see fashion in art and art in fashion. Art galleries organise events classy enough to be worthy of the fashion and luxury sphere; most famous brands set up museums and act as an art form; designers can frequently be captured both contributing to art and borrowing from it.
The fact that designers often find inspiration in both classic and contemporary art is no news; still, it is always interesting to observe the way they deal with art pieces, mixing a cocktail of their own perception and the world’s cultural heritage.
One of the recent examples is the Japanese designer Jun Takahashi. In the coming Spring/Summer 2015 season along with feather-rich Black Swan looks he suggests us dresses and combinations made of fabrics with prints of the famous triptych by the 15-16th century Netherlandish painter Hieronymus Bosch.
The painting, called The Garden of Earthly Delights, is dedicated to matters such as history and faith, lost paradise and life temptations. There is discussion over its right interpretation; still the match between the collection, the brand and the piece of art chosen to enhance the aura of the looks can clearly be seen.
Surprisingly, though the painting is really peculiar, this is not the first time when it comes to fashion. Alexander McQueen successfully used this print for the Fall/Winter 2010-11 collection, shortly followed by Guillaume Henry, who embodied the triptych in skirts, blouses and dresses in his Fall/Winter 2012-2013 collection for Carven. The masterpiece came from the world of high-fashion to mass market in the beginning of 2014: art-addicted fashionistas regardless of social status could acquire their own piece of Bosch universe from the well-known shoe producer Dr. Martens.
The use of this particular painting is ironic, considered that it is most commonly interpreted as a caution against temptations, while fashion is undoubtedly one of them. Yet, while the Eden scenes look so good in the runway lights, does somebody actually care?