Canvases on the Catwalk: Art-Inspired Designs at Copenhagen Fashion Week

Henrik Vibskov S/S 2014 & Varvara Stepanova
(Courtesy Copenhagen Fashion Week / Photo: Wikipaintings)

For the spring/summer 2014 collections, designers at Copenhagen Fashion Week again sought inspiration from the art world for many of their looks. BLOUIN ARTINFO looked through the collections:

Street-wear label Wood Wood ruptured the classic atmosphere of the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek with a look reminiscent of Yves Klein. The collection itself picked up on the setting with shades of blue, white, beige and geometric, marble-like prints, mimicking the antique sculptures surrounding the runway.


Bruuns Bazaar was inspired by classic themes: The models,  floral prints and the garden background could have been drawn from the spring allegories in Sandro Botticelli’s “Primavera” and “Birth of Venus.”

Marimekko went as far as to paint their runway to reflect classic, modern painting. The collection’s summery dresses were a play of colors, recalling the work of Sonia Delaunay, a painter and fashion designer in her own right.

Copenhagen’s darling Henrik Vibskov was inspired by the same period. Looks throughout the collection recalled the work of the Russian avant-gardists Lyubov Popova and Varvara Stepanova, with constructivist prints featuring both on his fabrics and in the scenography as well.

Anne Sofie Madsen went a step further into the future with her “post-human” collection. Her designs riff on cyborgs and future-humans much like the sculptures of contemporary Korean artist Lee Bul.

See an illustrated selection of our favorite art-inspired looks in the slideshow.