We are only halfway through the year and 2018 has given us some very memorable fashion and art moments. From the red carpet to the runway and competitions in between, let's take a look at what the year has brought us so far and the top 2018 wearable art moments.
1. “La Collection Memento” for Kenzo
The fashion brand's inspiration behind the collection was the post-Impressionist painter Henri Rousseau.
Rosseau was a self-taught French artist who became known as being a naïve artist creating unusual compositions which gained the respect of renown artists of the time such as Pablo Picasso. Rosseau is best known for his lush jungle scenes where he mixed his inspirations from both scholarly, worldly and local sources: academic sculpture, newspaper illustrations and because he was reported to have never left France, his local trips to the Paris public zoo and gardens.
At the Kenzo fashion show, designers truly embraced the artist's aesthetic not only on their clothing designs, but by creating an impressive tablescape and hiring Gary Card, a London set-maker/sculptor/costume designer, to create some of Rousseau’s jungle scenes as three-dimensional wearable works of art.
2. Beyoncé at the Wearable Art Gala
Co-founded by Beyoncé's mom, the annual Wearable Art Gala always offers plenty of mesmerizing eye-candy. Avant Garde, shiny and custom designs, it's where wearable art comes to life.
Designers have no bounds and can let their imagination run wild while collaborating with the starlets on this event. Beyoncé worked with fashion house Falguni Shane Peacock. The designers Falguni and Shane Peacock worked the gala's theme, WACO to Wakanda, and created a statement gown inspired by the Nubian queen Amanishakheto who was a warrior queen.
Falguni and Peacock designed a gown that mimicked the look of armor and created an eleven foot 3-D train.
3. World of WearableArt Awards Show (WOW) 2018
Since 1987 the New Zealand city of Wellington has hosted the Word of WearableArt Show. What started out as a small event to promote a local art gallery, has now become one of the annual events looked most forward to in the country, with visitors ranging from 25,000 to 50,000.
This show-stopping event takes place September 27–October 14.
4. IGNASI MONREAL + GUCCI Collaboration
Ignasi Monreal is a Spanish surrealist artist from Madrid, Spain. Although he likes traditional art and was trained in such, he prefers a more digital approach. Monreal uses PhotoShop, a stylus and a custom set of brushes to create his art on a computer or tablet.
A self-proclaimed geek, Monreal has always enjoyed submersing himself in the video game and comic book world. This interest is what led him to learn to dress characters and what also led him to connect with Alessandro Michele and create paintings for the 2018 Gucci Spring campaign.