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Art As Fashion: We Can't Get Enough Of Mondrian-Inspired Colorblocking

September 26, 2011 by Charlotte Steinway
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From left: “Komposition,” by Piet Mondrian, and Motel’s Rubix leotard

Colorblock clothes, like capes and crop tops, are one of those trends that have yet to fizzle out, appearing on runways season after season. That’s why we decided to look back—we’re talking 1930’s back—to the artist that is responsible for much of the trend’s origin.

Dutch painter Piet Mondrian was one of the pioneers of modern art, using abstract black lines and primary blocks of color in most of his designs. One of the first fashion designers to re-interperet Mondrian’s aesthetic in clothing was Yves St. Laurent, who actually created “The Mondrian Collecton,” at the height of mod culture in 1965.

A piece from Yves St. Laurent’s Mondrian Collection

Now, Mondrian is back on the fashion scene in full-force—everyone from American Apparel to Vans is issuing products with prints inspired by the artist. Check our our favorite picks below:

For more trends, be sure to check out our buying guides to bright handbags, desert booties, and military jackets.

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