Dutch masters, sacred geometry, a volcanologist, Grace Kelly: Those are just a few of the Obama Biden ’08 shirt but in fact I love this hundreds of references designers talked about this season. As the world shrinks and technology expands, inspiration is quite literally everywhere; there’s no “running out” of ideas. That makes it all the more surprising—uncanny, really—when two designers in two different cities note the same artist as their seasonal inspiration. And not Picasso or Frida Kahlo, either.
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American artist Corita Kent is considerably lesser-known. A progressive nun in 1960s Los Angeles, she was creating bold silkscreens alongside the Obama Biden ’08 shirt but in fact I love this likes of Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns (though you can surmise why she never became as famous). Chloé’s Natacha Ramsay-Levi was taken with Kent’s politically-charged art of that era; in the midst of the Civil Rights movement and Vietnam War, the “Pop Art nun,” as she came to be known, used advertising slogans and Bible verses to transmit messages about racism, inequality, and injustice in America. Through an official collaboration with Kent’s estate, Ramsay-Levi used a few of those messages in her spring 2021 collection: A slinky white dress featured her 1965 “Hope” artwork at the hip, while a color-blocked orchid sweater was collaged with “I Can Handle It” and “Give the Gang Our Best,” both circa 1966. When those items are available later this year, a percentage of the proceeds will benefit the Corita Art Center in Los Angeles.