Looks from modern art
By Kasia Hastings, 17 June 2016
Books, music and… modern art? We’ll take our outfit cues from anywhere and our latest collection of looks is inspired by some artists you may have heard of – Matisse, Mondrian, Rothko and Koons. Sound familiar? You don’t have to be an art aficionado to appreciate these four pieces, but it can't hurt to brush up on your art history before you hit the Tate Modern's new Switch House extension sporting your very own modern-art masterpiece.
A pioneer of abstract art, Piet Mondrian’s work is characterised by his use of colour and lines in compositions that convey emotion in a bold new way. The Dutchman’s simplified aesthetic has inspired generations of artists and designers, and, now, your style. To curate your own abstract outfit go for a white or grey grid print and primary-coloured accents elsewhere.
Henri Matisse was a modern master and the king of colour. His paintings, prints, sculptures and cut-outs express a unique energy through colour and shape. The artist's famous paper cuts introduced a new form of art in the 40s and a new outfit into your wardrobes in 2016. Based on Matisse's Blue Nudes, this outfit involves more clothes and some strong denim pieces. Try an over-the-head jacket, patchwork shirt or Herschel backpack for your own slice of Matisse mastery.
‘Tragedy, ecstasy, doom’ – Mark Rothko isn’t for the faint hearted. A pioneer of colour-field painting, he used large soft-edged areas of misty colour on canvas to explore the intensity of life and project profound emotion. He was in command of his palette and pretty on top of his tone-pairing, too. This Rothko reproduction is a slightly less sombre interpretation, but will still kit you out in moody hues from head to toe.
How much is that doggy in the window? $58m if it’s by Jeff Koons. When the artist’s giant mirror-finished Balloon Dog sculpture sold in 2015, it became the most expensive artwork by a living artist sold at an auction. The American’s postmodern breakdown of mass culture plays with the iconic and the everyday – his OTT art (and this outfit) amazes and disgusts in equal measure. You don’t need millions to create your own Koons-esque ensemble, but you may want to find an appropriate place to wear this amount of metallics. Our interpretation involves a gold tee, silver mac and shorts, and some conversation-starting kicks.