“To be a surrealist means barring from your mind all remembrance of what you have seen, and being always on the lookout for what has never been.”
I think at some point in our lives we have all come across a painting or an image created or inspired by Rene Magritte, it probably went unnoticed but, at one time or another your eyes were gifted with seeing the workings of the legendary Belgian painter. I accidently came across a few last year and it prompted me to conduct some research on a man that I now have much respect and understanding for.
René Magritte, the mysterious man behind some of the world’s most recognized paintings and a key player in the magical world of surrealism. The earliest works of Magritte date back to 1915 and featured many influences such as Impressionistic and Futurism. It wasn’t until the late twenties after experimenting with different art techniques that he discovered surrealism was a form he very much enjoyed, unknowingly spanning generations of influence in pop culture and fashion nearly 50 years after his death.
As I have stated before, art and fashion are one; a beautiful marriage spawning designers, painters, photographers and the like, all celebrating the same thing. So it should come as no surprise, that many designers have embraced the visual imagery that is René Magritte. Fashion houses like Moschino, Comme des Garcons, and Viktor & Rolf have all referenced his imagery and now Opening Ceremony will join the ranks.
The latest from the popular brand features a collaboration with the Magritte Foundation. The offerings include a ready-to-wear collection for both and men and women, as well as shoe collections from Manolo Blahnik, Birkenstocks and Vans all featuring Magritte-inspired imagery. The iconic images featured are Scheherazade, The Lovers, The King’s Museum, and A Blow to the Heart. Art enthusiasts and fashionistas rejoice! This collection will definitely fly out of stores this spring, you’ll be lucky to get your hands on one!
Are you a fan of René Magritte? Is surrealism in fashion a MESS or a YES?