Past Seminars

FASHION AND ART HISTORY SEMINARS

Is Fashion Art?

In these seminars, we will explore the relationship between fashion and fine arts. We will discuss the use of artworks and movements in the collections of famous fashion houses, as well as the creative and mutually beneficial relationship between the two fields.

We will narrate the meeting of Digital Art with the Renaissance through Gucci, the Art Deco movement and the glamorous fashion of the Great Gatsby era through Armani, the colorful Pop Art through Prada, the pioneer of abstract art Piet Mondrian through Yves Saint Laurent and Hermés, the convergence of Contemporary Art with Great Masters through Louis Vuitton, and the Surrealism movement and eccentric characters through Chanel, Schiaparelli, and Dior. As we examine the relationship between fashion and art, cinema, music, literature, mythology, history, and Hollywood stars will accompany us.

Topic Titles:

  1. Gucci and Masterpieces of Art
  2. Art Deco and Pop Art from Armani and Prada
  3. Mondrian in YSL and Hermès Collections
  4. The Dance of Masterpieces of Louis Vuitton with Contemporary Art
  5. Surrealism Passion of Chanel, Schiaparelli, and Dior

1. Gucci and Masterpieces of Art

Duration: 2 Hours

In this section, we will examine how the luxury fashion and leather goods brand Gucci, the most popular fashion house in Italy, used four Renaissance and one Romantic Period works in their 2018 Spring-Summer Collection. We will delve into the founding story of Gucci, its most iconic designs, the circumstances under which these designs emerged, the ‘Golden Age’ of Gucci from 1953 to 1963 in the hands of Hollywood celebrities, the provocative recent past with Tom Ford, and its current state under the leadership of Alessandro Michele. Our focus will be on the digital artworks and Masterpieces of art that have been used in these works by Spanish digital artist Ignasi Monreal for the 2018 Spring-Summer Collection ‘Gucci Hallucination’ created under Alessandro Michele. These works feature masterpieces of art, including Jan Van Eyck’s ‘The Arnolfini Portrait’ from the Northern Renaissance, Hieronymus Bosch’s ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’ that inspired Surrealism, the heart of the Vatican, Saint Peter’s Basilica, the mythological Titan ‘Atlas’ painted by Guercino, and John Everett Millais’ famous ‘Ophelia’.

2. Armani and Prada: Art Deco and Pop Art

Duration: 2 Hours

In this section, we will talk about two different periods and two different movements from the art history of the 20th century; one inspired by splendor and technology, Art Deco, and the other inspired by mass production and consumer culture, Pop Art… But what is the common point of these two movements? They served as inspiration for the collections of Italian fashion houses!

In this part, we will discuss the Giorgio Armani Privé Spring-Summer 2019 Collection inspired by Art Deco and the Prada Spring-Summer 2014 Collection influenced  by Pop Art. In doing so, we will draw on not only the visual arts but also various other forms of art, including cinema, music, popular culture, and the socio-political and socio-economic backgrounds of the periods… Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, American Gigolo, Midnight in Paris, The Great Gatsby, The Conformist, Metropolis, Fondazione Prada, Prada Marfa are just a few of the important names that will be mentioned in this presentation…

3. Mondrian in YSL and Hermès Collections

Toplam: 2 saat

In this section, we will discuss how two extraordinary French fashion houses incorporated the works of an exceptional artist and a groundbreaking art movement, Abstract Art, into their collections. We will start with Yves Saint Laurent, who is most renowned for using Piet Mondrian’s works, but contrary to popular belief, they were not the first fashion house to do so—actually, it was the Hermes brand that we will talk about next! Throughout this journey, we will be accompanied by Yves Saint Laurent, Thierry Hermes, and Piet Mondrian, as well as Karl Lagerfeld, Grace Kelly, Jane Birkin, and Catherine Deneuve… If you want to learn how Mondrian’s universal language became a turning point in fashion, we welcome you.

4. The Dance of Masterpieces with Contemporary Art at Louis Vuitton

Duration: 2 Hours

In this section, we will discuss the history of Louis Vuitton, one of the most established fashion houses, its most iconic pieces, and one of its collaborations with internationally renowned artists. This collaboration took place with the contemporary artist Jeff Koons, who designed a collection featuring works of great masters. In this section, we will focus on three of these great masters: Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, and Leonardo da Vinci. The reason this controversial collection garnered attention is its ability to bring together the right amount of familiarity and innovation, providing mass appeal beyond just fashion enthusiasts.

5. The Surrealist Passion of Chanel, Schiaparelli, and Dior

Duration: 2 Hours

Perhaps when we look at Coco Chanel’s designs, and then look at Salvador Dali’s works, we might think that these two figures are the most distant from each other. After all, one represents elegance, while the other is a symbol of madness. However, we would be mistaken; there is an inspiring friendship between them that we may not be aware of!

The Surrealist passion of French fashion houses doesn’t end here. Another major French fashion house, Dior, recently created a collection dedicated to surrealist women. In this section, we will discuss the rivalry between Chanel and Schiaparelli, Schiaparelli’s unique designs influenced by Surrealism, their inspiring friendships with Salvador Dalí, and Dior’s surreal designs dedicated to women surrealists. We will explore how the French fashion houses that defined fashion between the two world wars were enchanted by the magic of Surrealism.

Aslıhan Tekinırk

Graduated from BELS with Cambridge IGCSE certificates and completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program in Visual Arts (IBDP High Level Visual Arts). She graduated with her thesis titled “Görme Engelleri: Fransız Empresyonizminin Arkasındaki Sır(” (“Visual Impairments: The Secret Behind French Impressionism”). After her first exhibition “Kaos” in 2015, she moved to Italy upon acceptance to the Architecture Department at Politecnico di Milano. Currently, she is studying in the Painting Department at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan and preparing for her second exhibition, “Kosmos.” Besides her professional artistry, she has conducted art history workshops at various cultural and family education centers in Milan. She continues to conduct online seminars in Turkey

Age Group: 14 and above

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