Fashion imitating art: Diane von Frstenberg"s surrealist take on Dali to Versace"s Botticelli tribute

Fashion imitating art: From DVF's surrealist take on Dali to Versace’s Botticelli tribute who the designers look to for inspiration

The fashion industry often takes direction from the art world.

And Diane von Frstenberg is the latest designer to unveil an art-inspired campaign, paying homage to late friend and surrealist painter Salvador Dali.

Shot in the California desert the images, which showcase the spring /summer collection, reference works by the Spanish artist, in which melting clocks, animals with distorted bodies and lunar landscapes are common motifs.

Diane Von Furstenberg has unveiled its spring/summer 2012 campaign which pays homage to Salvador Dali

Diane Von Furstenberg has unveiled its spring/summer 2012 campaign which pays homage to Salvador Dali

Inspiration: Dali's Vestigios atvicos despus de la lluvia (Atavistic Vestiges after the Rain) painted in 1934

Inspiration: Dali's Vestigios atvicos despus de la lluvia (Atavistic Vestiges after the Rain) painted in 1934

Many critics have been perturbed by the promotional shots which show a model with her face masked by an oval mirror.

The shots were taken by Camilla Akran, known for her slick imagery, and Emily
Johnston of the blog Fashion Foie Gras suggests that for the first time, because of the model's anonymity, the focus is 'on the garments rather than who's starring in the
campaign'.

Belgium-born Von Furstenberg, 65, partied with Dal in the 'Seventies, and is a keen
collector of his art. The Spanish artist, who died in 1989, has long been an influential figure
in the world of fashion and he
designed four Vogue covers from the 1930s to the 1970s.

He was also
involved in collaborations with fashion figures such as Coco Chanel
and her greatest rival the Italian Elsa Schiaparelli, for who he created famously created a lobster dress for in 1937.

Taking note of Versace's reference to Botticelli one blogger mocked up an image, depicting a Versace model as Venus in the painting Birth of Venus

Taking note of Versace's reference to Botticelli one blogger mocked up an image, depicting a Versace model as Venus in the painting Birth of Venus

Botticelli's original Birth of Venus is held in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence

Botticelli's original Birth of Venus is held in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence

Meanwhile going back to its Italian roots, Versace looked at religious works by the Renaissance painter Botticelli.

This season's collection is punctuated with pastel colours, delicate fabrics and feminine cuts.

Commenting on the spring / summer 2012 catwalk show Scottish designer Christopher Kane said: 'I thought they looked like Botticelli babes, rising from the
sea.

'And the girls, with
their beautiful hair, bobbing along… I kept having flashbacks.'

Speaking backstage creative Donatella Versace added: 'I was thinking of sirens and mermaids, their hot
sexuality.'

Taking note of the comparison, one blogger has mocked up an image, depicting a Versace
model as Venus in the painting Birth of Venus.

Painted
in 1486 painting by Sandro Botticelli, it depicts the goddess Venus,
having emerged from the sea as a fully-grown woman. The original is held
in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

FASHION IMITATING ART: ON THE RUNWAY

VICKY BERROCAL & FRIDA
MIGUEL MARINERO & KLIMT

Frida Kahlo

Gustav Klimt

A model presents a creation by Vicky Martin Berrocal during Madrid Fashion Week which features vivid colours as seen in works by the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, who is best known for her self-portraits

A model walks the runway in the Miguel Marinero fashion show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid wearing a gold ensemble evocative of the works by the Austrian Symbolist painter
Gustav Klimt

Frida Kahlo

Gustav Klimt

DONNA KAREN & PHILIPPE DODARD
RODARTE & VAN GOGH

Donna Karan Spring Summer 2012

Rodarte Spring Summer 2012 New York Fashion Week

Donna Karan drew inspiration from the Haitian
graphic artist Philippe Dodard (left) and at Rodarte they used Van
Gogh’s Sunflowers on summer dresses

phillippe dodard

VAN GOGH

JIL SANDER & PICASSO
SPORTMAX & MONET
MOSCHINO & FRIDA

Jil Sander Spring Summer 2012 Milan Fashion Week

Jil Sander put Picasso-styled prints on white tops with flowing skirts

Sportmax Spring Summer 2012 Milan Fashion Week

The blurred floral prints of Monet’s Water Lilies were mirrored by Sportmax

Moschino Spring Summer 2012 Milan Fashion Week

Moschino put models in floral headpieces similar to those used by Mexican painter,Frida Kahlo

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