Friday Inspiration: The Mondrian Art in Fashion

Learn how Piet Mondrian's geometric art had influenced on fashion culture in unexpected ways...

The relationship between fashion and art has always been fascinating and productive. Designers often find inspiration for their collections in art work, especially the modern one. Perhaps the most influental modern artist is Piet Mondrial who not only influenced fashion but also architecture and interior design.

Piet Mondrian
Composition with red, yellow and blue, 1927.
 Piet Mondrian was a Dutch painter. He believed in  the universal nature of art and envolved a non- representational form which he termed neoplasticism. His most famous works are colorful, geometric compositions such as the one from 1927. which has inspired Yves Saint Laurent.

Yves Saint Laurent
The Mondrian Collection, 1965.
 The most representative bond between Mondrian's artwork and fashion is The Mondrian Collection made by Yves Saint Laurent for fall/ winter collection in 1965.  At that time, Yves was struggling to become a recognized designer and had to make something to impress the fashion world. He was inspired by the book about Mondrian which had given him his mother. The collection gave him commercial success and place next to Coco Chanel and Hubert de Givenchy.

The Mondrian inspired dress was an iconic during 60's and many designers made copies. Even Saint Laurent reproduced the dress style in 1988. 


It is undeniable that Mondrian became more than art. It is a brand. It's hard not to notice and escape from its influence and recognition. Even brands like Nike and Vans used it as designs on their shoes.
Chanel made bags influenced by it and there are also famous Balmain dresses from  previous summer season.


Mondrian is everywhere. If you're not familiar with fashion work, you probably have seen it in Katy Perry's video for This is How We Do.

Katy Perry
Video for 'This is How We Do'

That's all for now, hope you've learned something.

Thanks for reading,

Love ya, Antonia


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