Oscar Wilde said, “One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.” Certain designers have taken the concept of wearable art seriously, creating collections inspired by legendary artists. Sometimes the reference is literal with textiles patterned in motifs borrowed from iconic pieces. Elsewhere, couturiers will use an artistic movement or technique as the starting point for their designs. Like a guided tour through the world’s finest museums, these 20 collections translate famous works of art to the runway.
From photographer Berenice Abbott’s unflinching style to Pablo Picasso’s cubist faces, Richard Serra’s towering installations to Mary Cassatt’s intimate woodblock prints, these fashion collections inspired by famous artists span centuries and mediums. What these runway masterpieces have in common is fine art as their muse.