20th Century & Beyond: from Pop Culture to Wearable Pop Art

Accessories, Art, Beauty & Fragrance, Fashion, Music, Nails, Popular Culture, Retail

Today and in the latter part of the 20th century – the 60’s through to the 90’s mainly, a whole new attitude and iconography has been transmitted into the mass media, making it’s way into music, art, TV, fashion and beauty. While primarily aimed at young people, it doesn’t matter how old you are you’re probably not far away from Pop Culture at any given time. The majority of you will switch on a radio, TV, pick up a glossy magazine or surf the web today, Pop Culture is a massive part of everyday life.

A new art and design style was born out of the boom in consumerism when people started shopping and paying attention to technology and fashion like never before. Modern Art and Pop Art were all of a sudden what people wanted to see. Modern art, like Marmite, doesn’t appeal to everybody, art, don’t forget goes back centuries and you may know someone who doesn’t like Warhol’s many faces of Marilyn Monroe. Personally he’s one of my favourite artists and his prints are a much sought after effect for art in many peoples’ homes. Recently I discovered the Pop Europe exhibition at Wolverhampton Art Gallery, which features the work of many artists influenced by this new style. Allen Jones’ Painted Lady is by far the most stand-out piece and I urge you to go and check it out if you haven’t, you’re in for a treat! Hurry though because it’s only on till February!

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This style of art is exactly what has shaped the fashion and beauty industry. Icons past and present, from Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn to Lana Del Rey and Rita Ora are all role models for a lot of girls and young women, some even aspire to follow in the footsteps of their idol. With the ambition comes wanting the look.

Lana Del Rey made her individual style accessible to many with her collection for H&M and Rita Ora has released a collection of the sharpest trend colours for lips and nails by Rimmel. Pop Art inspired nails for SS15? Gets a yes from me!

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Comic book style art has also frequented many designers’ collections, these accessories from Kate Spade are a perfect example.

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Converse All Stars got cartoon crazy too!

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Chanel even released a collection with a Pop Art inspired Rainbow pattern and a popping price tag! This dress (top picture), can be yours for just £30,200!

I’ll leave you with a piece of advice from Mr. Warhol…

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