03 September 2018

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”

Taking cue from this quote by Pablo Picasso, design moguls have been profoundly inspired by artists’ works and art movements, challenging the boundaries of fashion and décor. Famous artists’ works and art movements work as a rich source of inspiration for apparel, jewellery, product and interior designers.

Let us take you on an exhilarating journey of the most talked about Art Movements and how they have influenced designers and their creations.


In 1965, Yves Saint Laurent designed a shift dress so iconic that after a 2002 retrospective of the designer, it’s now housed in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Why is it so iconic? 

It’s based on one of Mondrian’s most memorable works, titled Composition. Mondrian was inspired by Cubism, a movement led by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque that explored the use of multiple perspectives

To integrate Cubism in your daily wear, try jewellery from our Go Bold collection.

Pop Art

Pop Art uses images of popular (as opposed to elitist) culture in art, emphasizing the banal or kitschy elements of any culture, most often through the use of irony.

When it comes to making a statement, Pop artistes went against the tide. Moschino used pop-art extensively in the 80s – and still does now. The new, liberated, career woman was powerful, educated, ironic and dressed accordingly. She refused the fashion system and stated that good taste doesn’t exist. References to pop art, funny tongue-in-cheek statements like “Lost my reputation, never missed it!” consumerism-inspired accessories and wit decorated the look of the new-age woman. 

Pop Art continues to be the most followed art movement in fashion.
Now you can incorporate a pop of colour and quirk within the scheme of your home décor with our Angus Bulldog in neon, orange or lime green! Our colourful travel inspired scarves can also add that much required quirk and colour to your wardrobe.

Abstract Expressionism

In more recent times, the work of abstract expressionist Albert Irvin guided House of Holland’s Resort 2018 collection after designer Henry Holland reached out to the artist with an invitation to collaborate. The kinetic energy fit Holland’s aesthetic, and the result was a swaggering riot of colour and energy. Fluid in form and abstract in design, our Crescent Jasper Earrings are sure to satisfy your artistic yearnings!

 Art Deco

The Art Deco style manifested across the spectrum of the visual arts: from architecture, painting, and sculpture to the graphic and decorative arts.

Art Deco was a direct response aesthetically and philosophically to the Art Nouveau style and to the broader cultural phenomenon of modernism. While the Art Nouveau movement derived its intricate, stylized forms from nature and extolled the virtues of the hand-crafted, the Art Deco aesthetic emphasized machine-age streamlining and sleek geometry. The Stellar jewellery line by shazé defines slick finishes, clean lines and shiny surfaces meeting the ethos of the Art Deco feel.


Surrealism a 20th-century avant-garde movement in art and literature which sought to release the creative potential of the unconscious mind, for example by the irrational juxtaposition of images or the surprise elements in design and form of interiors. 

It’s not hard to see Surrealist master Joan Miró’s mark on Giorgio Armani’s Resort 2018 offering. The line embraces the Surrealist master’s signature sun red, graphic shapes, and artsy prints, to infuse Armani’s classic silhouettes with a dose of sensuality and sophistication.

Surrealism encouraged the world to go beyond the oppressive boundaries of rationalism and have the freedom of thought and expression. Taking a cue from the avant-garde movement of Surrealism, the in-house designers of shazé have conceived a line of jewellery called Go Bold that depict the power of imagination. 

The influence of art on fashion designs can either be evident or difficult to discern. When the influence of art is hard to identify, it is common that designers take certain ideas from an art movement and translate them into a tangible product. The influence of art on fashion can either be apparent or vague, but art has greatly influenced many influential designers.

“Creativity takes courage” – said the great artist, Henri Matisse. So don’t shy away from experimenting with your looks as also with your interiors styling.

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