From canvas to couture, Claude Monet's inspiration is timeless. In the past decade, iconic fashion brands such as Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, and Alexander McQueen have mixed elements of Monet’s paintings into their runway collections. Combining historical art and modern fashion, the great master’s impressionist style of painting has never faded over time. In honor of Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week that occurred earlier this month, we’ve picked out our favorite Monet-meets-fashion masterpieces!
1. Chanel Haute Couture Spring 2016 | "A Pathway in Monet’s Garden, Giverny" by Claude Monet
Monet spent many years in the latter part of his life painting his impressive gardens at his home in Giverny, northern France. This Chanel runway dress brings Monet’s garden to life, demonstrating the beauty of impressionism art!
2. Georges Hobeika Spring Summer 2009 | Claude Monet’s "Midnight Stroll"
Georges Hobeika is a Lebanese fashion designer of ready-to-wear clothing and Haute Couture. He decorated this breath-taking dress in layers of sprinkles and florals, imitating the French artist’s impressionist style. The many layers of color, changing from light to dark, seem to mesmerize and draw you inside Monet’s Midnight Stroll!
3. Rodarte Spring Summer 2015 | "Water Lilies" by Claude Monet
The Water Lilies series was the main focus of Monet’s later life. It occupied Monet for three decades, from the late 1890s until his death in 1926, at the age of 86. Water Lilies has inspired many haute couture collections, including the Rodarte sisters, who added historical art elements into their designs. Rodarte is an American luxury brand founded by Kate and Laura Mulleavy in Los Angeles in 2005. Being an innovative brand, Rodarte as an artistic mixture of “high couture, modern femininity, and California influences”.
4. Dolce & Gabbana Spring Summer 2008 | "Water Lilies" by Claude Monet
The Water Lilies series is also famous for representing Monet’s garden and his love for nature. Many of the Water Lilies paintings were created even when Monet suffered from cataracts! This edition of Water Lilies is one of Monet’s most famous masterpieces and it is re-created as D&G’s whimsical, spring/summer runway dress! Using fabric as canvas, this D&G dress depicts a perfect imitation of the French master’s most-loved paintings.
5. Alexander McQueen | "Water Lilies with Reflections" by Claude Monet
Even though Water Lilies is possibly the most famous series of paintings by Monet, few people realize that he worked on more than 250 paintings within this series. This time a more colorful Water Lilies with Reflections inspired this collection by Alexander McQueen, combining modern fashion elements and Monet’s famous artwork together, bringing a youthful, and energetic feeling to the runway!
6. Sportmax SS2012 collection | "Water Lilies" by Claude Monet
Sportmax is a brand by Max Mara, a famous Italian fashion company that owns 35 brands. This version of the Water Lilies becomes the inspiration of Sportmax’s summer ready-to-wear collection! Every detail of the pieces reflects Monet’s style – the garment patterns seem to be made up of his tiny, thin yet visible brush strokes!
7. Delpozo Spring 2015 | "Water Lily Pond" by Claude Monet
The color combination of this Delpozo Spring dress is inspired by Claude Monet’s less typical, warm and golden Water Lily Pond. Delpozo is a brand that has a strong personality and style, founded by famous Spanish fashion designer Jesús del Pozo, in 1974.
As you can see, historical art has an eternal influence on modern fashion! Claude Monet once said, "Water Lilies is an extension of my life. Without the water, the lilies cannot live, as I am without art". Today, Monet's Water Lilies still has an everlasting impact on iconic brands such as Chanel, Alexander McQueen, and Dolce & Gabbana!