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.
1. Sportwsear label White Stag inked a deal to reproduce artwork by Picasso onto their sporty separates.
2. Yves Saint Laurent synthesized a painting by the Dutch De Stijl pioneer Piet Mondrian onto a shift dress for his Autumn 1965 collection.
3. Andy Warhol's famous Campbell's soup can found its way onto a paper dress.
4. Dolce and Gabbana designed a dress in 1993 featuring Boticelli’s The Birth of Venus, worn here by Lady Gaga.
5. Lady Gaga also owns a dress emblazoned with the Mona Lisa’s devious smile.
6. Issey Miyake did a guest artist series and invited artists like Yasumasa Morimura to contribute works specifically for his Pleats Please line.
7. John Galliano’s Autumn 2008/2009 collection featured a look lifted straight from Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss.
8. When Proenza Schouler collaborated with J Brand jeans, the end result looked like Jackson Pollock had drip painted them himself.
9. Alexander McQueen has taken inspiration from artwork numerous times. In his 2009 Horn of Plenty collection, he references Liberation by M.C. Escher.
10. McQueen’s final collection, Plato’s Atlantis, featured shoes that look like Alien-esque creations of Swiss artist H. R. Giger.
11. In 2011, French designer Jean Charles de Castelbajac produced a collection with dresses bearing bold prints by the surrealist artist Man Ray.
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.
13. Black Milk has also printed leggings with Hieronymous Bosch’s lively triptych, The Gardens of Earthly Delight.
14. Guess who else reproduced Bosch? Carven.
15. AND Dr. Martens.
16. The Jeremy Scott for Adidas line featured the iconic artwork of downtown graffiti master Keith Haring.
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.)