Bonnie J Brown
Inspiration. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines inspiration â€œas a divine influence or action on a person believed to qualify him or her to receive and communicate sacred revelation.” It also says to be inspired is to be â€œoutstanding or brilliant in a way or to a degree suggestive of divine inspiration.” With these definitions you would think that only an elite number of people would have this ability to be inspired. However, everyone can and is inspired at some point in their lives; you just have to be open to your surroundings and willing to trust your instincts.
Artists, more often then not, allow themselves to be inspired more than anyone. They look for inspiration in their everyday lives; the color of the sky at sunset could inspire them to paint a mural; the shape of a petal could lead them to create a sculpture. Fashion designers, like artists, often look for inspiration when designing their next fashion line. In the 1960’s, it just so happened, that fashion was inspired by the popular art of the day. Propaganda Art, Popular Art and eventual Pop Art was more often than not an image that was, believe it or not, popular in everyday society. That image was then repeated over and over again over, no wonder it was popular.
Popular Pop Artists, like Andy Warhol (think Campbell Soup cans) were creating these pieces of art that were inspiring designers like Yves Saint Laurent in their clothing designs. The same vibrant colors and graphic shapes that were used to create paintings and sculptures, so too were being used to create the fashions men and women wore on the streets. The comic book paintings, like the ones done by Roy Lichtenstein, used large blocks of eye popping color, the same colors seen in dresses YSL and other designers were constructing.
Since the artists were creating what they saw in everyday life, they were, in effect, being inspired by the very people who they were inspiring. Andy Warhol even painted, in his infamous style, Yves Saint Laurent, creating a never ending circle of inspiration and creation.
In the 1980’s similar fashions were on the street. The same colors and graphic shapes were seen on the fashion conscious and even today there is another reemergence of 80’s pop color…which is only really inspired by 1960’s Pop Art.
Images (top to bottom):
1. Yves Saint Laurent “Mondrian” dress 1965 V&A Museum
2. 1960s Fashions Yellow Day Dress fiftiesweb.com
3. Fashion Image geocities.com
4. Andy Warhol Yves Saint Laurent plumart.com
5. Roy Lichtenstein In The Car, 1963 artchive.com