Postcard Of A Painting – May Edition

This month we look at how art has inspired fashion. Theres a huge link between these worlds, be it the friendships of YSL and Piet Mondrian, or Chanel with Picasso and their lasting friendship, through to the inspiration designers have drawn.

Picasso Chanel

Sometimes the artist is the muse, the reason a collection is created, the ideas sculpted, drawn, or painted are translated into garments.  Below I look at some of my favourite artists and the effect they had on my other passion.

It should be no surprise that there is a link, both groups are making beautiful things that reflect the time they live in, many of them have tortured souls, or things that make them outsiders, but mainly they have an ability to see and have vision in a way that most of us could only dream of. The communities of art and fashion will always be mixed as will those of the other arts. So lets look at how from Bosch, to Van Gogh To Pollock art has been an influence.

(incidentally the story of Van Gogh and his ear is much better than the simple myth, evidence now shows he had it cut off in a sword fight by Gauguin who he was in love with but had spurned his advances. He did hand it to a woman sometime later though.)

Lets start with the classic every fashion fan will recognise, and is mentioned above, Mondrian appearing as a YSL print.



And lets not forget Versace and a somewhat unsubtle use of Warhol, but that’s why we love Gianni and his work. (still so very badly missed.)

Warhol Mazza

Versace Warhol

Stepping back a bit into the past and a much more classical idea, Carvan took influence from Bosch last year


Carvan Bosch

Rodarte, who are brilliant in their use of print recently took on the challenge of using Van Gogh to make an amazing collection.

Van Gogh

Rodarte Van Gogh

And finally we couldn’t talk about the world of fashion colliding with art without talking about one of the key designers who inspired me for so many years, Alexander McQueen and his take on Jackson Pollock.


Mcqueen jackson pollock



About Ross Pollard

Since starting writing on my 31st birthday in 2011 I have held a number of positions at magazines and websites as well as regularly producing articles for numerous publications alongside contributing to TV & radio shows as a freelance fashion journalist including Hoxton Radio & Fashion One TV. Alongside writing, I have worked in other industries helping to design & grow digital platforms, develop businesses and support operations practices. This experience has proved invaluable in building an understanding of how businesses work, and the landscape in which retail, B2B commerce and other commercial operations develop. Knowledge of commercial interests has helped shape my fashion industry insights beyond critiquing of garments


  1. This is really such a beautiful post, great job.

    Meg | Meghan Silva’s Blog

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