Editor’s Blog: Trippin’ on Op Art

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Do not adjust your computer screen…Do not reach for your glasses…And for the love of God, do not have an LSD flashback!

Marc Jacobs is getting rave reviews–and deservedly so–for making vibrating black-and-white stripes, squares and swirls hip again on his runways, but let’s give credit to the artists who did it the first time around. All these fashion prints and patterns you’ve been seeing are swiped from original 1960s paintings from the Op Art movement, an abbreviation for Optical Art.

Let’s take an art history tour, from the 60s to today.

Riley Movement in Squares 1961

Riley Movement in Squares 1961

Bridget Riley is considered the Mother of Op Art, and her paintings illustrate why. Above, squares bend in space in this Bridget Riley “Movement in Squares” painting, 1961.

Bridget Riley

Another amazing Bridget Riley painting

Bridget Riley, Intake, 1964

Bridget Riley, Intake, 1964

Sometimes it’s not always hip to be square. If you really want to get trippy, go for waves like in Bridget Riley’s painting “Intake.”


Victor Vasarely  1960

A Victor Vasarely painting, from 1960, features squares, rectangles, stripes and diamonds, all interlocking.

Emilio Cavallini Fall 2013-14 collectionBut we’re really excited about this Op Art has infiltrated fashion. Above, the Fall-Winter 2013-14 collection of bodywear and tights by Italian designer Emilio Cavallini.


Marc Jacobs Spring 2013 ad campaign

Marc Jacob’s Spring 2013 print ad campaign

Models at the Louis Vuitton Spring 2013 show

Models at the Louis Vuitton Spring 2013 show

And what’s a blog without a runway photo? Black and white, green and white, and yellow and white comprised just some of the striking color combos in the Louis Vuitton Spring 2013 show (another Marc Jacob’s production).

Trippy, right?


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