Five pop artists who have influenced the fashion world
From Warhol to Lichtenstein
On August 18, the Indiana State University will be the host of a new exhibition POPOP: Pop and Op Art, and will exhibit screenprints, lithographs, paintings, ceramic sculptures and much more, showing how the mass of pop art influenced modern culture and trends in art.
One of the very first icons of pop art, his works explored the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture and famed advertisements in the 1960s. One of Warhol's most famous pieces was his Campbell's soup can, which was then turned into a dress in the 60s, named The Souper Dress – marking the beginning of the influential connection Warhol had with fashion.
In recent years Christian Dior released a collection of dresses and accessories with sketches of shoes drawn by Warhol, while Jean-Charles de Castelbajac created a collection inspired by the artist himself, with dresses that had black-and-white portraits of the pop art king printed on them.
When it comes to the use of famed motifs in the clothing and furniture department Liechtenstein would take first place. In 2011, Lisa Perry released a collection of dresses, entirely devoted to the colourful paintings of the famous comic artist. A year later, Karla Spetic, and Markus Lupfer released a series of cashmere sweaters with sequin embroidered pictures of Lichtenstein's work.
Working firmly within modern culture, last year, Parisian department store Colette launched a pop-up-shop, filled with all things created under the influence of Keith Haring. The collection saw T-shirts, accessories and even skateboards with his bold work on it.
Vivienne Westwood, a huge fan of the artist, created an entire collection with his graffiti work printed on each piece. Shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood also created a unique collection of shoes based on Haring's famous figures, while Adidas, Reebok and even Tommy Hilfiger decorated its shoes with his artwork.
Murakami is of the most successful contemporary Japanese artists in today's creative scene, working very closely to the pop art style. The source of his inspiration – the culture of manga and anime. His interest in fashion and modern pop art culture resulted in a collaboration with Marc Jacobs for a line of handbags and other accessories for Louis Vuitton when Jacobs was creative director.
Murakami also frequently collaborates with Pharrell Williams, from music videos to art pieces.
Known for her mesmerising polka dot prints, Japanese artist and writer, Yayoi Kusama has worked in a wide variety of media throughout her career, including painting, collage, sculpture, performance art. In 2012, French fashion house Louis Vuitton catapulted the artist into the fashion world with its special collaboration of handbags and accessories, which took over the brand's stores worldwide.