Fashion, art and architecture

The title of the post may seem very promising if Google led you here and if you are actually looking for some educational insights on that, I don’t feel it will help you but for those casual readers out there, these are some trivia.

If you are an art and architecture student, I’m pretty sure you are already familiar with the term “De stijl”. If you are unaware, then De stijl means “the style” in Dutch. It was an art movement which started in Netherlands during 1917-1931. This art movement has inspired fashion designers, singers, architects and of course the real artists, the painters. Piet Mondrian’s  Composition II in Red, Blue, and Yellow(1930) can be taken as the prime example for this movement’



The Dutch furniture designer and architect, Gerrit Reitvald designed a Red and Blue Chair inspired from the painting above.



The American garage Rock band The White Stripes’s 2000 Album was named “De stilj” and the album art was directly inspired by Piet Mondrian’s Painting Composition II in Red, Blue, and Yellow.



The Rietveld Schröder House was designed by the Furniture designer and architect Gerrit Rietveld. He incorporated the Piet Mondrian’s Painting into the building. This building has been declared as a monument since 1976 and UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000.

The Model Of the house(Source: Wikipedia)


 De stijl have inspired a lot of designers like Balenciaga, Christian Laboutin and YSL. Piet Mondrian’s painting have served an inspiration for color-blocking. Here are some examples.

Roger Vivier’s Archi Sandals 

Balenciaga‘s Platform

Christian Laboutin‘s Wedge Platform and YSL‘s dress

Nike‘s Dunk Low

As stated by the online article on De stijl by the Guggenheim Museum,” De stijl was posited on the fundamental principle of the geometry of the straight line, the square, and the rectangle, combined with a strong asymmetricality; the predominant use of pure primary colors with black and white; and the relationship between positive and negative elements in an arrangement of non-objective forms and lines.”

Personally I think the De stijl art movement gave this world a whole new perspective of color-combination techniques which we now term as color-blocking in fashion. All these designers have taken inspiration from Piet Mondrian, so why not you? Inspiration is not plagiarism. So feel free to inspire!

Have a nice day folk!

(I have found the photos from around the web. I have mentioned the origin of the photo and its creator of the piece. I do not own any of the photo. This was purely used for educational purposes)