Moschino Inspired by Picasso 2020

A collection with bright colors and an artsy feel is nothing new to Jeremy Scott. As the creative director of Moschino he has had many lively collections go down many runways and his Spring 2020 show was no exception. Pablo Picasso was the inspiration for not only the collection, but for the Spanish theme of the show as well. Picasso was from Spain and I guess it should be said that he was a painter. Here at Vincent van Goyard we welcome those new to art as well as those who have been living under a rock.

Joking aside, Picasso was a 20th century painter who, with the help of Georges Braque, is responsible for cubism. Which was an early 1900’s art movement that emphasized the flat two-dimensional surface of a canvas. The style of art that came from this didn’t try and imitate nature and was largely thought to begin with Picasso’s painting Les Demoiselles D’Avignon, 1907.

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Les Demoiselles D’Avignon, 1907 By Pablo Picasso

Although this piece of art was not fully recognizable in the Moschino collection, characteristics of it were.

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A look from Moschino’s Spring 2020 show

The same goes for other paintings of Picassos.

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A look from Moschino’s Spring 2020 show (L) Bouquet of Peace, 1958 By Pablo Picasso (R) 

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A look from Moschino’s Spring 2020 show (L) Woman With Book, 1932 By Pablo Picasso (R)

Some paintings were more recognizable than others and a few of Picasso’s styles were on display. Scott wanted to show different periods of Picasso’s career. His sculpture work was represented with an abstract guitar and other looks could be interpreted as odes to his use of charcoal.

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A look from Moschino’s Spring 2020 show (L) Guitar, 1912 By Pablo Picasso 

More than one guitar was used and they signified how important they were to not only Picasso but Georges Braque as well. Guitars and other musical instruments became a prominent part of the cubist movement and is why musical motifs were seen throughout the collection.

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Three looks from Moschino’s Spring 2020 show

The show almost looked like an art exhibition. Your average shirt or pair of pants were not what the collection was made up of. Despite this, there were still some more subtle pieces mixed in. One was a black dress, which had a frame brooch on it.

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A look from Moschino’s Spring 2020 show

The gold brooch mimicked the frames that models walked under as they made their way down the runway. Other looks incorporated frames as well and Scott even went as far as having the Moschino logos look like Picasso’s signature.

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Moschino Spring 2020 logo (L) Moschino Spring 2020 runway in Milan, Italy (R) 

Julien d’Ys, the hair stylist for the show, did his part in creating the artistic atmosphere by putting strokes of paint on wigs that were worn and on model’s hair.

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Model backstage at the Moschino Spring 2020 show

The fashion show looking like an art exhibition was not too far from reality. On top of hair being painted, all of the collection’s prints were hand-painted before being digitized and used on fabric. Scott, per usual, didn’t disappoint in producing a very fun, creative feel.

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A look from Moschino’s Spring 2020 show (L) Le Marin, 1943 By Pablo Picasso (R) 

The Spanish feel of the show was also palpable. Acknowledging Picasso’s heritage and his love for bullfights, music by Rosalía was played and Spain inspired looks were created. A couple of which depicted matadors. It wasn’t just because of Picasso that Scott made matador-style looks. He has proven to like this style before, having included matador style jackets in his Spring 2012 collection. Even Franco Moschino, founder of the Italian fashion house now known by his last name, designed matador-style looks.

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Two looks from Moschino’s Spring 2020 show

One of Scott’s was complete with a bull mask made by British milliner Stephen Jones. He was responsible for the headpieces models wore and helped bring the Picasso-esque show together.

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A look from Moschino’s Spring 2020 show (L) The King of the Minotaurs, 1958 By Pablo Picasso (R)

Another headpiece he made was for a dress that Scott called “The Death Dress.” It was included in the collection as death was something that plagued Picasso’s life. Starting with his younger sisters death, which he took very bad. When Picasso was a child and his sister became ill, the thought of loosing her was so hard that he made a promise to God. He said that if He let her live he would give up painting. Imagining life without painting was daunting for Picasso and when his sister ended up dying he lived with immense guilt. He believed that him wanting to continue painting could have played a role in her death. Later in life he was also forced to deal with two of his muses committing suicide.

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A look from Moschino’s Spring 2020 show

Some looks in the collection reference his muses, as they were such a big part of his life and art. Scott wanted to touch on many aspects of Picasso’s life and he became particularly interested in surrealist photographer Dora Maar. She was one of his muses and Scott became inspired by the many portraits Picasso did of not only her but of his wives and daughters as well.

One look in the show was a wedding dress that had doves incorporated into it. This was a take on the fact that one of Picasso’s daughters was named Paloma. Which, in Spanish, means dove.

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A look from Moschino’s Spring 2020 show

Scott thought a lot about the idea of the Picasso woman and this is what ultimately led to the collection. He played with symmetry, reflected a lot about cubism and created a riveting show.

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A look from Moschino’s Spring 2020 show (L) Harlequin, 1901 By Pablo Picasso (R)