Dali: Surreal Fashion

Have you ever considered the multitude of ways in which art and fashion intersect? During the lead up to our recent Salvador Dali exhibition, I did some research into the surrealist master. Turns out that he collaborated with designers like Elsa Schiaparelli and Christian Dior, and was close friends with Coco Chanel! He even designed four covers for Vogue, the famous fashion magazine, in between 1930 and 1970. Dali’s influence in the world of fashion even continued after his death with designers like Franco Moschino creating dresses inspired by him and his moustache – after all, it was an impressive moustache!

Is it any surprise that an artist of his magnitude influenced fashion? Absolutely not.

Dali did not restrict himself to one artistic medium during his lifetime – in fact, our exhibit at Oakridge Centre, in partnership with Chali-Rosso Art Gallery, included sculptures, paintings, wood carvings and even a replica of his famous Mae West Lips Sofa.

One of my favourite pieces in our display was the Dalinean Dancer which captured perfectly the movement of a skirt mid-Flamenco. Even the floral embellishments on the skirt showed that Dali had an eye for fashion and that his tastes defied the short life of most fashion trends.

~ Sarah S.

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