Fashion designers have looked to art history for inspiration for centuries. In the North Carolina Museum of Art’s Art of Fashion high school online course, students learn how the elements of art (line, shape, value, color, space, and texture) are like words that an artist or designer can use to “speak” to the viewer. If you look at what’s popular in fashion magazines, you’ll see that fashion designers are “speaking” through bold saturated colors and geometric cuts and prints much like the work of American artist Frank Stella.
In this special teen-only (ages 13-19) fabric design challenge, we invite teens to find inspiration from Frank Stella’s series of paintings called the Protractor series, which uses bright colors and interlocking circles. Need more inspiration? Visit NCMA’s Teens, Inspired tumblr blog which will feature blogposts about Stella throughout September.