Art Basel Miami: Merging Art & Fashion

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Over the past few years Art Basel Miami Beach has become a fashion hotspot, intertwining the worlds of fashion and art. Attracting artists, designers, editors, celebrities, art collectors, and fashionistas, it is a place to see and be seen. Attendants get dolled up in hopes of being featured in various “Art Basel Street Style” articles and to mingle with the insiders of the art and fashion worlds.

This past Art Basel, in December 2013, was especially big for art and fashion collaborations. It was a step toward the blurred line between the worlds of art and fashion.

The week started off with French retailer, Colette’s, pop-up drive thru shop where various art inspired clothing and accessories were on sale. YBA artist, Tracy Emin designed limited edition t-shirts and sandals to go with her own exhibition. Some artists featured art installations in their stores. Christian Louboutin’s store exhibited five leather sculptures by Italian artist Caemelo Tedeschi while Maison Martin Margiela collaborated with Atelier Swarovski to not only create their “Crystalactite” collection which included five futuristic pieces made of crystal and matte white resin, but also unveiled an art installation by French sculptor, Baptiste Debombourg.

French sculptor, Baptiste Debombourg's installation at the Maison Martin Margiela store.

French sculptor, Baptiste Debombourg’s, installation at the Maison Martin Margiela store.

One of the most notable exhibitions was Louis Vuitton’s “La Maison au Bord de Leau”, a beach house constructed by Italian artists. And, perhaps the biggest event was Harper’s BAZAAR’s pop-up of their ShopBAZAAR.com online shop at the Soho Beach House, which is featured yearly at Art Basel Miami Beach.

Louis Vuitton's "La Maison au Bord de L'eau”

Louis Vuitton’s “La Maison au Bord de L’eau”

Harper's BAZAAR's shopbazaar.com pop-up

Harper’s BAZAAR’s shopbazaar.com pop-up

Along with these events, designers Prada, Dior Homme, and Ramy Sharp opened their stores in Miami’s Design District, which is the hub of all things art and fashion. And, as usual there were various artworks inspired by fashion icons, photographers, and designers. But, this is just the beginning; it is clear that the worlds of art and fashion are merging and they do not plan on stopping anytime soon.

Art Basel street artist's portrait of Marilyn Monroe inspired by Louis Vuitton

Art Basel street artist’s portrait of Marilyn Monroe inspired by Louis Vuitton

Julianne Bagley

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