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25 Times Fashion "Borrowed" From Art

Borrowed being the operative word here.

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In February, hip retailer Opening Ceremony announced they would be releasing a limited edition line of clothes printed with the wondrous paintings of surrealist artist René Magritte.

The collection features bomber jackets, dresses, even Birkenstocks printed with the floating features of Shéhérazade, and the famous man in a bowler hat of The King’s Museum.

Here are 24 other examples of works of art finding their way onto garments.

12. Black Milk, the Australian designer spandex company, has printed many a legging with classical artwork. Here is the 1082 painting Ossian Receiving the Ghosts of Fallen French Heroes by Anne-Louis Girodet de Roucy-Triosson.

17. But Jeremy Scott got in hot water when sweaters from his Fall 2013 collection bore too similar a resemblance to the decks of Santa Cruz Skateboards designed by Jim Phillips in the 1980s.

(Appropriation of artwork onto fashion seems to be fine when the painting is iconic and the artist is long-dead, but gets a little more murky when the artist is not a household name and is still alive to collect royalties.)

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