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Fashion's Art Muse Of The Moment? Pablo Picasso

From Issey Miyake to Marni, we see transpositions of Spanish painter and sculptor Pablo Picasso's work on the runway.

There are ongoing exhibitions on Pablo Picasso’s startingly contemporary works at the Pace in Palo Alto, California, and Arkas Art Centre in Izmir, Turkey. This month, a show on the way he worked with paper opens at London’s Royal Academy of Arts while a museum dedicated to him (and his contemporary Giacometti) arrives in Beijing in June. There’s no doubt of the Spanish painter/ sculptor’s enduring reverence within the art world, but now the founder of Cubism cements the same name for himself in ready-to-wear. Moschino, for one, transposes his masterpieces like Femme au beret et a la robe quadrillee (Marie-Therese Walter) (1937) onto ’80s-tinged cocktail dresses while the debut of Satoshi Kondo at Issey Miyake features abstract prints of humans embracing done in a vein reminiscent of his impasto technique. Over at Marni, similarly bold strokes and colours lend a cool joie de vivre to otherwise rustic smocks and fit-and-flare dresses. Whoever said that an artist can’t also play muse?

This story first appeared in the January 2020 print issue of FEMALE. 


Buste de femme avec autoportrait, fevrier 1929. Huile sur toile, 71 x 60.5cm. Collection particuliere, Courtesy McClain Gallery – on display at the ongoing Picasso. Magic Paintings exhibition at the Musee National Picasso-Paris that explores the artist’s works from 1926 to 1930
: La Californie, Cannes; the Morning after the Corrida of Arles, Picasso plays the Torero, luring Jacqueline Roque – a photo from the Picasso: The Art Of Spectacle exhibition in Turkey that captures Picasso’s obsession with the matador that critics have pointed out embody his machismo
Pablo Picasso, Nu couche, 1932. Oil on canvas – a nude painting from the Beloved By Picasso – The Power Of The Model exhibition on till Feb 23 at Denmark’s Arken museum
Issey Miyake
Kohji Yamamoto