Left: Designers Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay, the duo behind London-based Raw Edges, infuse the collapsible Concertina Light with their signature whimsy and wonder; Right: Mark Shaw's most famous fashion images are the hauntingly beautiful black-and-white photographs he shot as part of a decade-long campaign for the lingerie company Vanity Fair.
Photo: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton Malletier; © Mark Shaw/MPTVImages

Life Imitates Art: 4 Beautiful Examples

From Atelier Swarovski to Marilyn Minter, these pairings exemplify how art, design, and fashion converge in the most spectacular ways
Left: Conjuring the unbridled playfulness and imagination of childhood, Atelier Swarovski’s Nostalgia bracelet by Greek fashion designer Mary Katrantzou dazzles with a parade of colorful crystals inside yellow-gold-plated hexagons, cubes, and spheres. Right: Known for experimenting with mesmerizing geometries, Danish-born artist Olafur Eliasson blurs the line between the organic and the technological. His 2008 work Fat Super Star, featured in his new book, Olafur Eliasson: Experience (Phaidon, $85), creates otherworldly light patterns with a glass polyhedron illuminated by halogen bulbs. Photo: Courtesy of Atelier Swarovski; Jens Wiehe/Studio Olafur Eliasson

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Right: Challenging contemporary notions of beauty by fusing the glamorous with the grotesque, American artist Marilyn Minter created the 2012 photo-realistic painting Big Bang as part of a series that captures models traipsing around in designer heels as seen through a filter of broken glass and dripping water. Left: Dissonant layers of delicate fabrics and moody patterns electrify Prada’s science-fiction-driven fall/winter 2018 collection, originally presented on the runway in the Rem Koolhaas–designed extension of the Prada Foundation in Milan. Photo: Courtesy of Prada; Courtesy of Marilyn Minter Studio
Left: In this 2016 untitled diptych, which draws inspiration from traditional Flemish flower paintings, São Paulo artist Mariana Palma combines images of richly colored textiles and lush greenery native to Brazil. Right: A curious mix of materials, including scarab beetles, butterfly wings, rubies, diamonds, and garnets, bursts from the gold hands of Dior’s one-of-a-kind Grand Bal Pièce Unique Jardins Imaginaires No. 5—part of a ten-piece watch collection inspired by Christian Dior’s passion for untamable nature. Photo: Courtesy of Casa Triangulo, São Paulo; Courtesy of Dior

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Left: Seasoned contributors to Louis Vuitton’s Objets Nomades collection, designers Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay, the duo behind London-based Raw Edges, infuse the collapsible Concertina Light with their signature whimsy and wonder. Right: Deemed the unofficial photographer for Jacqueline and John F. Kennedy, Mark Shaw started his career in advertising. His most famous fashion images are the hauntingly beautiful black-and-white photographs he shot as part of a decade-long campaign for the lingerie company Vanity Fair. Photo: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton Malletier; © Mark Shaw/MPTVImages

A version of this article first appeared in print in our 2018 Fall Issue under the headline Life Imitates Art. Subscribe to the magazine.

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