Every now and again, fashion transcends clothing and becomes a bona fide piece of art (who can forget YSL's game-changing Mondrian dress?).
Now the concept has been recreated for modern art aficionados with designer Lisa Perry's latest collaboration: a luminous series of dresses emblazoned with the works of Pop Art pioneer Roy Lichtenstein.
The linen dresses are cut in Perry's trademark, clean-lined shift and silk-screened in Day-Glo hues with Lichtenstein's iconic Spray, No Thank You and ON paintings ($2,000 each). We also love the more reasonably priced--but equally chic--T-shirts ($75).
Lichtenstein created an outstanding oeuvre from everyday objects with primary colors and comic book-inspired faces, and his graphic renderings have lent well to Perry's mod, 1960s aesthetic: Last year, the designer debuted her first collaboration with the Lichtenstein archive with an eye-catching handbag collection.
Sales from the dresses, available at the designer's Madison Avenue and online boutiques, benefit Southampton's Parrish Art Museum, which honors East End artists like Lichtenstein and houses four of his most celebrated paintings.
With September events season rapidly approaching, there's no finer way to pop among the crowds.
Lisa Perry, 976 Madison Ave. (between 76th and 77th sts.); 212-334-1956 or lisaperrystyle.com