I was going to call this post “Wearable Art” but that’s one of those phrases applied to appalling garments fashioned out of recycled coke cans or made out of LED lights, so I didn’t bother. To cut a long story short this post is about a pretty sweet trend for applying actual art prints to clothes, shoes and accessories. My fascination with all things macabre means I hold Hieronymus Bosch in high regard. The Garden of Earthly Delights is the stuff that nightmares are made of. Bosch’s depiction of Hell is as bizarre and haunting as it is surreal and terrifying. If that doesn’t appeal to you then we can’t be friends. You also probably won’t care for Dr. Martens printing the painting all over satchels boots and shoes. Possibly the most awesome thing Dr. Martens have ever done.
Let’s pretend the Early Netherlandish Painter movement isn’t your bag. Maybe you’re more of a Belgian Surrealist. Ok, well Opening Ceremony have released whole capsule collection, including Vans, featuring some of Rene Magritte's most famous paintings. Surrealist REALNESS.
"Ceci n'est pas une - um, pair of vans."
Has this all been too highbrow? Fear not – I may still be able to help you out. The Honourable Shirt Company is a British brand who turns iconic children’s art work into textiles for each season. SS14 sees Dr Seuss’ Cat in the Hat turned into a bright and bold pattern for shirts and shorts (but not hats). This debut collection is available exclusively at Urban Outfitters. Don’t be a Grinch, I know you love it.
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