An artist draws inspiration from things in their environment—things they see, taste, feel or just plain like. A fashion designer, with each garment a work of art, draws inspiration in similar ways that a traditional artist does. Over the past century or so many designers have drawn their influence from the art world including Elsa Schiaparelli (influenced by Salvador Dali), Yves Saint Laurent (influenced by Piet Mondrian), and Louis Vuitton (who collaborated with Takashi Murakami in 2002). Now added to this illustrious list is, New York-based designer, Yuna Yang (www.yunayang.com).
Known for beautiful high-end collections that marry traditional couture with a modern vision, Yuna Yang showcased her Spring/Summer collection entitled “1920s Shapes Meet Modern Art.” The collection marks the designer’s first foray into the ready-to-wear arena.
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Inspired by three contemporary artists: Hong Seung Hye (Korea), Richard Artschwager (USA) and Karl Haendel (USA), Yang brought to life a very feminine, sophisticated line with contemporary touches drawing upon the concepts of color contrast, light versus darkness and depth. The Spring collection featured a number of feminine dresses with a drop-waist style with lace detail, pretty lace blouses, soft flowy pants and trousers and a very unique plastic and lace raincoat in a palate of coral, dusty pink, mint, sky blue mixed with beige, white and black.
The Yuna Yang Spring 2014 collection is the perfect example of the designer’s credo of “Young Couture.” I could see her pieces becoming the favorites of young Hollywood who on recent red carpets have had a penchant for that retro ultra femme glam.
Photos: Charles Roussel for Yuna Yang.
[Editor’s Note: Isn’t this post fantastic? I loved reading Tamara’s thoughts on art and fashion. Thank you, Tamara! -Alex]