Instagram account @artlexachung, the brainchild of sisters Beatrice and Maria Valdovín, geniusly pairs photos of Alexa Chung with famous works of art she resembles. Inspired by the account, we teamed up with the sisters and Chung to bring @artlexachung to life featuring pieces from Chung's new clothing collection. We also asked all three women to chat more about their own art and fashion inspirations.
Beatrice and Maria Valdovín: How weird was it to discover @Artlexachung?
Alexa Chung: Less weird -- more sort of mind-blowing. I couldn't conceive how they had so cleverly matched images of me to artwork in such a nuanced way. Also it was strange that so many of my poses naturally imitated how people sit to have their portrait done.
Have we found out your secret inspiration?
I think the connection is entirely coincidental or perhaps says more about the original inspiration that many designers use as a starting point for a collection. I love art and have always been surrounded by it but when it comes to piecing an outfit together I wouldn't say it's [my] go to source for ideas, I'm more likely to look at how bands dress.
Why does art make fashion better? Or should it be the opposite... fashion makes art better?
I see art and fashion as one and the same thing: self expression through aesthetics. I think some designers have been wonderful artists: Alexander McQueen springs to mind. Similarly a lot of couture is a work of art, literally art you can wear. They both play into one another.