Where did the Designers get Insipration from?
Fashion is an artwork in itself, it gets inspired by various elements which are surrounded by us. Various shapes, textures, patterns, and attractive colors are all around us in different forms. Designers take full advantage of the surroundings which help them in the creation of their designs. In many different ways, the designer has been inspired. The inspiration can come also from various sources, But the huge source of inspiration for fashion is derived from Nature and Architecture. The worlds of art, nature, and architecture have overlapped for many years.
Many huge brands and designers have believed that fashion is an art and uses these arts in their upcoming couture. Not only painters inspired the fashion designers but also the architects and their designs have been cited as creative muses.
Not only art but Impressionism also inspired the fashion designers to remind us of the impressionist era from their collections.
Art and fashion have a close relationship between them and are linked together and so regularly collide. From clothing designs to catwalk shows, major labels to boutique houses, fashion falls itself to involve from different ranges of art.
The above images are the different sources of inspiration from which a designer takes for their collection. Image 1 represents the fashion inspired by nature (starry night), image 2 represents the observing impressionism for the designs, image 3 represents the fashion inspired by the architecture(the temple), and image 4 represents the fashion inspired by the art of wall.
Fashion uses art as a visual model for interpretation.
Nature is a rich source of inspiration for fashion designers because of its dimensions like beauty, diversity, and power. Inspired by nature the people will too understand the importance of nature and will lead to saving our forests, oceans, etc. in near future.
Designers often look to painting for inspiration which means trends in fashion are inspired by the canvasses.
Although fashion and architecture are completely two different fields but are interdependent. Both affect as well as inspire each other in material and concept. They both try to create innovative and original designs.
Nature Inspired | Fashion Trend |
Nature gives a fresh perspective on designs. Many designers believe that connecting with nature for their inspiration is a great source. Each dimension of nature has its sense of style. The textures of the animals, insects, birds, mammals, etc. have their skin type and are different from each other which are used in the creation of a various variety of designs (example shown above). The colors of the leaves, grasses, and water are creatively used in fashion designing. In the above image, the designer has used the color of the leaves to design an elegant piece whereas in others they use the texture of the butterfly. Not only the designs are inspired by nature but also the colors are too inspired by nature. A designer needs to get inspiration from nature to survive the fast-changing fashion trends in the world. They need creativity to make difference in their perceptions, and ideology.
Impressionism | Fashion Trend |
‘From canvas to the catwalk’ that’s how designs are created in impressionism. This is an unusual approach that defines the close relationship between painting and fashion. The painting on the canvas influence the fashion designer who will be creating the designs. From soft romantic colors to bold geometric shapes, there is a wide array of art movements on the runway this year. In the picture above, the signature gilt and jewel-tone mosaics define the artistic aesthetic that influenced designers’ collections over the years. The designer recreates the design with a sequence of golden discs. In the other picture, the canvas has vibrant colors and elaborate patterns on it. The designer focused on creating designs that are vibrant and evident in dynamic paintings and prints.
Architecture Inspired| Fashion Trend |
Fashion is architecture. A brand or a high fashion takes inspiration from all the sources i.e., from nature to fine art. Fashion inspired by architecture includes exact proportions, descend angles, and shapes. To create the look of the architecture with the fabric, the fabrics are often designed through layering, folding, and pleating. The creative pursuits of architecture- monuments, shapes, patterns, lines, aesthetics, etc. are implemented in the designing of a fabric. Fashion Designers like Versace and Balmain have applied this fashion inspiration in their haute couture to make them iconic. As shown in the above pictures, the designer had manipulated the fabric in a way it resembles the architecture of the temple. On the other hand, the designer has inspired by the unknown cemetery wall and structured the fabric through several angles, lines, and shapes. We see few fashion designers who are inspired by the architecture and show their collection at catwalk outshine in the spotlight. Few of them are Bernat Klein, Yves Saint Laurent, Tom Ford, Phillip Lim, and to few more names.