I suppose when we first set an eye on this famous cubic pattern, we immediately think of one of the most iconic dresses of the 20th century, first designed by Yves Saint Laurent in 1965, depicting the work of the world renowned dutch painter Piet Mondrian. After 1915, Mondrian started shifting away from traditional dutch landscape paintings into a more cubic and minimalist style, which he called neoplasticism. This new plastic idea will ignore the particulars of appearance, on the contrary, it should find its expression in the form of art and colour; henceforth, clearly defined lines and single primary colours. Definitely reminds me of the works of Britto! Which I actually loved as a child and still do!
As I create new pieces to wear myself, such as the coat I'm wearing above, I always look to incorporate something different, even unexpected, and perhaps challenge myself and wear pieces, colour combinations, and styles that I never thought I would. With that in mind, when it comes to my own personal taste and style, I consider it could not be more opposite to the concept of Mondrian being mainly of minimalism and cubism. If you've been following my style, you know I love lots of colours, patterns and textures, whilst always leaning towards organic and natural patterns. Both in prints and cut. Honestly, I never thought I would be wearing something so very Mondrian inspired and be so very pleased!
The idea first came to my head when visiting the Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Paris last summer. When you walk in, the first section you'll encounter will be YSL's famous Mondrian style collection featured in mannequins, arts, dolls, magazine covers and all that came to be with the emergence of this striking new collection in 1965. I mean, how could this be? It is literally just four straight lines and three blocks of colour. What's all the fuss about? My understanding of Mondrian was always that he was trying to get the essence of visual composition through simplicity. Perhaps making it so satisfying and beautiful once you get rid of all the frilly bits, all the conventions. Is this perhaps the underlying secret to the structure of beauty? Hmmmm.
I definitely wanted to recreate something similar and wondered why I haven't seen more brands recreate pieces in such simple yet so bold with such eye catching pattern... I kept the idea at the back of my head for months to come.
Fast forward to November, I was out shopping for fabrics and as I roamed, I saw this red, grey and white perfection from afar and gasped! The same Mondrian muses that came to enlighten YSL himself in 1965 had suddenly flashed before my eyes. I always thought I would want to make it into a dress as it was what all the hype was built around. However, I walked towards it and had the clerk spread it open on the table and immediately envisioned a coat! A Mondrian style coat! Who knew?
Now that I've finally seen it been made and worn it, it is definitely the most striking and bold coat I have. And yes, lines and blocks of three solid colours are all there is to it! A three year old could do it, right? Yet it feels like a masterpiece. Take it from me my loves, fashion is the best canvas there is!
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