Art/Fashion in the 21st Century

Mitchell Oakley Smith, Alison Kubler, Daphne Guinness

An international survey of how the worlds of fashion and art have brilliantly collided in the new millennium

Over the last decade major artists have teamed up with top fashion houses to produce contemporary masterpieces that challenge the traditional boundary between these two dynamic cultures. From fashion designers’ collaborations with artists on their collections to catwalk shows, fashion photography, and dazzling new retail spaces, this book explores the “art as fashion” and “fashion as art."

The authors offer a dual perspective on how and why today’s artists and designers are increasingly open to inspiration beyond their own creative arenas. Five thematic chapters feature profiles of the key designers, stories about the most avant-garde projects, and interviews with leading figures in the art-fashion crossover. Nearly 250 illustrations showcase collaborative art/fashion work from Acne Studios, Balenciaga, Chanel, Hussein Chayalan, Tracey Emin, Jean Paul Gaultier, Zaha Hadid, Hermes, Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein, Jeff Koons, Stella McCartney, Issey Miyake, Takashi Murakami, Prada, Richard Prince, Anselm Reyle, Cindy Sherman, Juergen Teller, Viktor & Rolf, and many more.


There are many striking and improbable images scattered throughout.

— Women's Wear Daily

A stunning new book…Explores the symbiotic relationship between fashion and art.

— (The Wall Street Journal)

Stunning…The interviews and photos shed light on such luminaries as Stella McCartney, Chanel, Valentino, and Marc Jacobs.

— Woman Around Town

The books …will thrill any fashionista.

— Windy City Times

Lavishly produced.

— ProtoView

Prompts us to appreciate the world around us in a new way, no longer seeing clothing as a practical necessity, but as a statement of beauty and technical perfection.

— Notions—American Sewing Guild

A wide-ranging survey of the interplay between fashion design and the arts.

— The Midwest Book Review

The mashup of art and fashion has produced such inspired pairs as Cindy Sherman and Christian Dior, Jeff Koons and Valentino, and Louis Vuitton tricked out in Yayoi Kusama's polka dots.

— The Minneapolis Star Tribune

Visually exciting…An insider's voice is provided via the authors' conversations with designers articulating their views of how art affects their work.

— Library Journal


Mitchell Oakley Smith


Mitchell Oakley Smith is editor and publisher of the Australian menswear journal Manuscript. He is based in Sydney and New York.

Alison Kubler


Alison Kubler is Associate Curator at the University of Queensland Art Museum, Australia.

Daphne Guinness


Artist and fashion expert Daphne Guinness co-organized a 2011 exhibition of her work at The Museum at FIT. She is based in London and New York.