First and foremost we consider ourselves artists. Often, we gather our inspiration from art first, which is the most pure and vulnerable version of expression. But we also (obviously) LOVE fashion, which has a functional undertone but in its distilled form is a pure artistic expression that has the power of transformation. Creating this blog is so much fun for us because it is a dialogue between the two disciplines we treasure using line, form, texture and color, to evoke certain feelings. We come here to create a magical world where all of our favorite things can swirl together and combine into something fresh. We want to take you on an artistic fashion journey today to one of our favorite sources of inspiration – The Cantor Museum at Stanford.
“I don’t like to say I have given my life to art. I prefer to say art has given me my life.” Frank Stella
We decided to create outfits that reflected our favorite pieces at the Cantor and shot the looks against the art itself. We did eventually get kicked out of the Cantor for “suspicious” posing, but getting kicked out of places while shooting editorials for this blog is a totally normal part of our daily routine and could take up a whole blog post of hilarious stories one day! Our process is extremely intuitive, and we first scouted art pieces that spoke to our right brain enough to compel us to create a matching outfit.
As the Queen of drama and maximalism, Francesca could not resist the rebellious riot of color that burst forth from Frank Stella’s “Maxon’s Island”. A vast, vibrant swirl of colors and shapes, the title of the original mixed-media work comes from an imaginary island in the South China Sea. Just like Francesca, Frank Stella is a rule-breaker who isn’t afraid to go big. Francesca mixed high and low by pairing the delightfully bold swath of orange silk from Forever 21 with a vintage Valentino jacket.
“Up until 35 I had a slightly skewed world view. I honestly believed everybody in the world wanted to make abstract paintings, and people only became lawyers and doctors and brokers and things because they couldn’t make abstract paintings.” – Frank Stella
Valentina was inspired by the strong lines of the pieces and borrowed elements of color blocking, using bold as well as pastel colors. She especially fell in love with the emotionality and misty marine layers of Richard Diebenkorn’s Ocean Park No. 94. Her jacket and shoes served as the prefect texture-infusing pieces. The intuitive and individual process of using fashion as art is priceless, and fulfilling in ways that only the artist within us truly experiences. We hope you feel inspired to continue to unleash that process within yourselves.