22 December 2009

Composition II in Red, Blue, and Yellow by Mondria
 Its been a while since I wrote something beneficial/good on my blog. If there is anything recent that is worth mentioning I usually post it on esper, while I keep this blog for photography, quotes, street style, and my random articles. Today will be focused on the latter. I really enjoyed researching for the Jackson Pollock piece I wrote about last summer, so I thought, 'Hey, lets do Mondrian today, Chantelle!'.

 Mondrian is a famous abstract artist that belonged to the De Stijl art movement. He is responsible for the creation of Neo-Plasticism, a non-representational art form that marked its presence in 1917 in the Netherlands. As Mondrian wrote in his essay 'Neo-plasticism in Pictorial art', "... this new plastic idea will ignore the particulars of appearance, that is to say, natural form and colour. On the contrary, it should find its expression in the abstraction of form and colour, that is to say, in the straight line and the clearly defined primary colour." The most beautiful element in the works of the De Stijl artists is the sense of harmony they conveyed on canvas. In this semester's art history course, I was taught that Mondrian became obsessed with attaining this peaceful balance between the vertical and the horizontal, because it was his representation of what needed to be done in the midst of WWI. Mondrian used art to promote a harmonious resolution between the many conflicting sides to the War. 
 I have decided to look into the many collections that were inspired by Mondrian's simple design and colour palette. 
Pierrot Fall 2003
Loewe Fall 2000
Donna Karan Spring 2006
Elie Saab Fall 2008

And of course.... the infamous
Mondrian Shift by YSL 1965

Fascinating... Perhaps next time I will post on another topic I covered in class this year:
Cubism in Fashion Design.


Sources: wikipedia, course textbooks,


  1. i am a great fan of mondrian!

  2. never knew the artist behind this art but i always associated that pattern with the mod era

    great that i learned something new

  3. yes, this is certainly a recurring inspiration for many designers! nice post!

  4. OOhhh the Cusism class....tehe!

    tysl and mondrian one of the best fashion+art it!!!

    P.S. Are you taking Fashion and Textiles class? If you're I am also in excited!

    Happy Holiday Darling!!!!


  5. i love this post. mondrian has definitely inspired so much of what we see today in fashion

  6. I love it!


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