it's a given fact that art and fashion go hand in hand. ever since yves saint laurent developed his iconic mondrian shift dress in 1965, there have been a slew of many of illustrious fashion houses have collaborated with major visual artists. in 2008 louis vuitton celebrated artist richard prince’s first solo show at london's renowned serpentine galleries with a limited edition bag, and the fertile cross-pollination of the two disciplines hasn't stopped there as you know. the so-called art meets fashion philosophy has long been a method of democratizing the visual arts sphere, making it accessible for a wider audience, and let's face it, there's also a certain commercial gain for the stakeholders. we now live in a world where richard prince, damien hirst, jeff koons or any other iconic creative talent works explicitly for the runway, the rack and also e-commerce stores.
but what exactly has changed in the estimation of fine art? within art and fashion collaborations there's the inevitable blurring of lines which also reflects the wider and changing characteristics of society as a whole. so, if you happen to be frolicking around the sunny beaches of st. barth's this summer, you might enjoy dropping by eden rock gallery to take in a show dediciated to this topic. the group exhibition is aptly entitled art meets fashion, and on display is work of a variety of artists presented through fashion. taking centre stage at the show are emblematic pieces designed by some of today's leading artists and designers, including jean-charles de castelbajac, thomas lélu, robert montgomery, maripol and ruiz stephinson [on through aug 28]. location: eden rock hotel, baie de st.-jean [st. barth's].