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By Jack Williams


This designer’s outfits really are a work of art, as they are all wearable versions of famous masterpieces.

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Ariel Adkin’s unique DIY collection include garments inspired by van Gogh, Mondrian, Pollock and Kandinsky.

Each work is so accurate that Ariel, 31, is able to seamlessly merge herself into some of the world’s most recognizable paintings and installations.

For others, she visits the renowned galleries of the world to snap herself next to the original masterpiece.

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Since 2014, Ariel has create almost 40 art-inspired garments, each taking between 10 and 12 hours to create, she said.

The idea for the project came to the artist, who lives in New York City, when she discovered a skirt in a charity store that reminded her of Monet’s “Haystacks” series.

Ariel said: “It was at that point that I started to think about the intersection of art and clothing, and the idea of bringing a work of art to life by wearing it.

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“I made my first DIY art garment in 2014, for the Christopher Wool retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

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“I loved the connection I felt to the work after researching the artist’s process, and the experience of wearing the piece to the museum.

“People asked me so many questions, and it felt like they saw the work itself differently after seeing my wearable version of it.”

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The designer has no plans to stop her fascinating project, cleverly named “Artfully Awear,” and by posting about it’s progress Ariel has picked up thousands of followers on social media in the process.

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Each work, Ariel said, allows here to learn something new about a technique or medium, and there are many periods and genres that she would still like to explore.

She said: “I truly believe that creating wearable art can help students of any age find a deeper connection to the work and help to develop their creative skill set.

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“I’m working on an online class to make the information and process more accessible, and will also be teaching a number of workshops for all ages on ‘How to Dress Like a Work of Art and Create Your Own Masterpiece.’

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“I look for work that stands out to me visually in some way, and that will challenge me to try a different technique or medium.

“Ultimately, with each project, I want to learn something new.”