Mar 11, 2018

Quality Crossover: When High Fashion Hits Gritty Street Art

Street art is often thought to have little to do with fine art or high fashion. Its displays are usually found on the sides of water towers or decrepit buildings. What could these images possibly have in common with art on display in a museum?

In subject matter, style, and approach, the disciplines have little in common. But when they do merge, they create something memorable and impossible-seeming. Take a look at these six distinctly successful crossovers between street art and high fashion to see what we mean.

Calvin Klein and The Andy Warhol Foundation

Starting with the brand’s Spring 2018 collection, Calvin Klein was granted access to Andy Warhol’s archive through 2020. This means Raf Simons and his designers have full permission to reinterpret Warhol’s iconic art in their fashion pieces.

Coach and Keith Haring

27 years after his death, Keith Haring’s artwork is still perceived as new and fresh. Stuart Vevers, executive creative director of Coach, launched the collaboration on his Spring 2018 runway, introducing a younger generation to Haring’s art and activism alike. Coach’s embrace of the artist, who was closely linked with the fight against AIDS, says a lot about the company’s values.

Louis Vuitton Artist Scarves

French fashion powerhouse Louis Vuitton is well known for collaborating with international street artists for its special edition artist scarfs. For the third edition, released in March 2014, the company invited Kenny Scharf, André Saraiva, and INTI to deck  the scarves out with their signature styles.

Camille Walala and Gordon

Camille Walala, the talented East London artist, collaborated with the Australian clothing label Gorman on a wide apparel and accessories range. Gorman is best-known for its playful patterns and bold silhouettes, but the artist and brand both share a passion for bright colors, pop-inspired patterns, and geometric shapes.

BÄST and Marc Jacobs

BÄST and Marc Jacobs teamed up to produce some truly unique canvas high-top sneakers. Each shoe is designed individually, so every one of them is a truly unique artwork and collectible fashion item. The only question you need to answer: do these work better on your feet or in a gallery?

Gucci and Coco Capitán

For Gucci’s 2017 Fall and Winter collection, creative director Alessandro Michele hired the Spanish artist Coco Capitán. She scribbled on some of Gucci’s pieces with her distinctive graffiti-style text. You won’t get lost in the crowd when Capitán’s clever captions scratched across the Gucci logo.

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