Celine x Mondrian

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Celine SS12

Fashion inspired art, art inspired fashion; the argument falls perfectly into the "what came first, the chicken or the egg?" causality-dilemma category. In the case of Celine's SS12 standout, primary colored clutch, there is no doubting its derivative. This wouldn't be the first time designers borrowed from Piet Mondrian's De Stijl works either. We've all seen Yves Saint Laurent's signature color-blocked shift dress, and Christian Louboutin's lust-after Mondrian wedge. So why is it that designers are so frequently drawn to this simplified graphic pattern?

Furthermore, at what point does referencing art in fashion go from flattery to copyright infringement? While I'm not arguing for one side or the other here in this scenario, I think it's a particularly relevant conversation in light of the legal battle between Louboutin and Laurent; instigated over the use of a red soled shoe in their resort 2011 collection. Ideas and their rightful owners are such a hard thing to pinpoint. That said, there is no doubt in my mind that Celine's clutch is sure to be a season sell-out, regardless of it's source of inspiration.

Anyways, gotta run to the airport. Back to NY for me :)

Much love,
Meag xx


  1. You make the best clutch illustrations!

  2. You make a good point! Either way, it's pretty much paying homage. It's a great pattern/art.

    I love that clutch! If I could, I'd take the clutch from your illustration and wear it, but yeah, don't have that kind of technology... yet. Looks great!

  3. Love when fashion takes inspiration from art!
    This mod stuff is awesome!

    lindsey |

  4. :D The red sole is only for Louboutin ;)

    new post: http://fashionismyway.blogspot.com/2012/01/louis-vuitton-new-store-fragrance-and.html

  5. It is always fun to see how art can be interpreted in fashion. You do such a great job of combining both in your illustrations. :-), Susan Cooper

  6. great post! love that clutch, where can I get it?
    have you seen my GIVEAWAY? come and take a look.

    Kiss Kiss


  7. Seriously nice blog! I'm loving the clutch, and the drawings. Girl you got talent.

  8. Hi girl ...
    The last pattern reminds me off a music cover by an Aussie band called Silverchair ; http://www.chairpage.com/releases/20/straight_lines/
    Have a great day...


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  10. interesting. i love fashion. I love art. I think there's a connection between most arts. Too bad artists don't dally(sp?) in fashion and fashion designers don't dally in art. hmmm. bummer. I think it has to do with how much it takes to establish yourself in one field, never mind two. anyway, enjoy your site. always trying to mix drawings with writing in my stuff. doing the writing on clothing thing sometimes too. later.


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