With labels such as Madewell, Rebecca Minkoff, LAMB by Gwen Stefani on her resume, it’s no wonder that we are such huge fans of Lindsey Carter’s own fashion line Troubadour. Her eye for bringing surprising elements in with familiar feminine forms makes it a must-have brand. But it’s her most recent fall collection that has us particularly intrigued… Lindsey partnered with fine artist Brian Coleman to create a collection that brings in elements of his work into fashion. Interested in the topic of merging of two different aesthetic disciplines, we asked Lindsey a little more about her inspiration and how she views fashion and art coming together.
What is this collection about? What were the driving forces behind it?
This collection was inspired by Peggy Guggenheim and the way art influences us. The idea was to take larger pieces (like Brian Coleman’s “Encounter” piece), blow them up, and cut them into new, non proportionate prints in a garment, which in turn, creates a piece of artwork in its own. This can easily be seen with any of the black and white Encounter pieces – James Dress, George dress, Chelsea Skirt, Bette Top. Our blurry floral print is meant to represent Mrs. Guggenheim’s bohemian nature, as I pictured fields of wildflowers in bloom as she moved from house to house in Europe.
Why Peggy Guggenheim?
I believe she was a trailblazer and a forward thinker. She was a socialite that lived by a no-rules bohemia, and amassed an amazing art collection from non-established artists at that time. It’s inspiring.
Is art in its own category or should it always be considered part of the design and fashion world?
That’s a very good question. I believe a bit of both. Art stands in its own category for sure, but is also very synonymous with design and fashion.
What about Brian’s work inspired you to do this art-forward collaboration?
I was really struck by the negative space of his “Encounter” piece. Originally from a cut-out series, I loved the organic looking shapes which reminded me of some of Matisse’s’ paper cut out sea life series.
The concept of ‘wearable art’ is usually reserved to haute couture… how can you make this combination approachable? How can the average woman bring art into their wardrobe without having to spend too much or feel impractical?
I think we are doing it now. Basically, curating fine art (mainly paintings) and turning those into prints that we are digitally printing on fashion textiles. And the average woman can bring it into her wardrobe by shopping my collection online or at Anthropologie. I also did a series of floral skirts with artist Yang Yang Pan that are beautiful watercolor paintings of florals.
What do you think clothes should say about a woman?
I think clothes should be an extension of who you are, almost like an extension of your personality style. You can tell a lot by the way a person dresses.
What design past or present do you think has most successfully merged fashion with art?
The Mondrian collection by Yves Saint Laurent is timeless and amazing and in the fashion history books. A current designer who is also doing a very nice job is Lisa Perry. She merged pop art and fashion. So good. And last but not least, yours truly!