High Art, Fine Fashion

High Art, Fine Fashion

These artists prove that the intersection between fashion and art has never been greater.

These artists prove that the intersection between fashion and art has never been greater.

Text: Emma Li

Fashion and art have always been intimately related. Some would argue that the two entities are one and the same. In recent years, the proliferation of social media has allowed creatives to gain exposure for their unique perspectives that broaden the intersection of the two fields. Here are some artists across the world who are furthering this vision.

Antonio Patruno Randolfi (@mystendhalsyndrome)

Italian stylist Randolfi creates portraits that parody classical art through an incorporation of contemporary fashion. He takes Renaissance paintings and embellishes them with pieces from high-end streetwear brands. His work has appeared in the pages of Vogue Italia and Glamour Spain alongside artist Reilly.

Randolfi’s Instagram handle references the Stendhal syndrome, a psychological condition involving rapid heartbeat, dizziness, and hallucinations, which occur when diagnosed individuals are exposed to beautiful entities that they deeply connect with on an emotional level. In this sense, overdosing on beauty can quite literally happen when people feel overwhelmed in front of artwork.

Sandro Botticelli's Portrait of a Young Man wearing GAS t-shirt

Sam Kim (@sambypen)

South Korean artist Sam Kim has experienced different political and cultural atmospheres while living in Poland and New York. While transitioning between these locations, Kim underwent a phase of discovery. He became immersed in parody art, which provided him an opportunity to explore more identities and cultures. Now, he’s an established artist in South Korea focusing on the theme of appropriation and exploring culturally significant objects.

Kim is specializing in woodwork, acrylic, graphic design, and sculptures while attracting visitors to his exhibitions in Los Angeles, Miami, Seoul, and Busan. Complex Con in Long Beach, California last November welcomed Kim along with other overseas artists such as Takashi Murakami.

His artwork has graced the cover of Harper’s Bazaar Korea, storefronts and interiors, as well as Doota, a shopping mall in the vicinity of Dongdaemun Design Plaza, which is the heart of Seoul Fashion Week. Kim’s presence extends to the music industry, as he has worked with Korean hip-hop artists and producers to create album covers.

One of Kim’s recent series involved the Michelin Man with an attached BIC head. Kim’s introverted personality as a child attracted him to the figure, and he views the series as a homage to himself as he reminisces his childhood.

Monopoly exhibition at Gallery STAN

Jung Youn Kim (@vagab)

Another South Korean creative on our radar is Jung Youn Kim, an artist who specializes in illustrations, animations, and GIF art. Kim often creates commercial work for collaborations with the likes of the Korean Basketball League, Hypebeast, and Nike Korea.

He’s inspired by the Japanese manga Slam Dunk and portrays this through a detailed illustrative style colored in vibrant palettes. Kim’s illustrations have also found their way to the covers of publications such as GQ. His recent work with fellow South Korean artist Rudy Lim serves to showcase sneaker and streetwear culture.

Jynwaye Foo (@jynwaye)

Brooklyn-based Malaysian artist Jynwaye Foo made a name for herself through customization of anything and everything from high-end products to everyday items like Game Boys, MTA MetroCards, and inhalers. Although Foo didn’t grow up watching anime, she adopted the medium due to its overwhelming popularity. Opening Ceremony caught on with the demand, collaborating with Jynwaye to release reiterations of their classic OC logo tee.

Foo initially started by painting guitars and skateboards however none of them truly gained traction like her latter products: custom Nike Air Force 1s. The shoe style served as a canvas for scenes from anime including Sailor Moon, Pokémon, Spirited Away, and My Neighbor Totoro.

Foo has continued to build upon anime’s prevalent role in streetwear by hand painting Helmut Lang, Prada, and Comme des Garçons bags with classic anime characters. She does so with an intention of satirizing hype culture, as Foo’s own clothing drops feature tee shirts, hoodies, and accessories covered in graphics such as Naruto characters wearing Dior and Prada. One design has Sailor Moon taking a mirror selfie while wearing a Prada top with the tag still attached.

Foo shares that her art has strictly been used to fund her living expenses in New York City and past tuition as a college student. She sees her practice as a work in progress, one that involves trial and error. Foo continues to learn as she goes, focusing on experimentation, which she believes is what defines art.

Jynwaye at Opening Ceremony in New York City

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