Blog

THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE PRINT

08.08.15

Season upon season, the Reiss creative team look to cultural and artistic references to influence their designs and AW15’s 1971 Shatter print - as seen on the Eclipse dress and the Mistle shirt shown - was initially inspired by the work of American artist, Jean Michel Basquait. Here we look at his creative aesthetic and how it's influenced the collection.

Primarily famed for his abstract, colourful creations, Jean Michel Basquait started his career painting T-shirts and making postcards to sell on the streets of New York. He captured the emotional aesthetic of the Abstract Expressionism movement, complying to the notion that art should come from the unconscious mind. His subject matter focussed around commercial themes such as sport and consumer products and touched upon political subjects like the Kennedy assassination. Each piece was abstract, colourful and loaded with impact.

But how have the artist's works inspired the Reiss AW15 collection? Black and white base tones are transformed with the addition of graphic stripes in a bold, primary colour palette that nods to Basquait’s 1980s American punk and graffiti-based design. Subtle and unique, the design gives weekend separates a directional twist.

Work the look with our languid tiered shirting, sheer sweatshirt and sleeveless dress.