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I was recently indulging myself in some (online) retail therapy when I came across a dress that, although could be described as absolutely hideous by some, had a strong resemblance to the opt art-influenced trend Bridget Riley made popular all those years ago. (See below!)

Op (Optical illusion) art seems to be a reoccurring theme in the fashion industry ever since it was first introduced in the 60’s, and to this day, well known designers such as Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs and Yves Saint Laurent have credited this unusual type of art as the inspiration to their work on a number of occasions.

Something about the block colours, graphic lines and geometric shapes creates such an interesting and misleading visual effect that stands out from any other regular clothing item. Granted, this might not be the type of wear for running a few errands on a Sunday morning, BUT, it has to be said that opt-art inspired fashion is one of the most attention grabbing styles out there and one that will continue to influence designers for years to come.

So, in essence, it’s like Historians always say; if you want to understand the future, you have to grasp the past. Go and raid your grandmother’s wardrobe and trust me… you’ll be the trendiest girl / guy  your friends have EVER seen 😉


Lia Phillips

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