Vincent van Gogh is a name like no other in the history of Western art. Having done over 2,100 artworks, many of van Gogh’s paintings currently reside at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Arguably the most famous and influential Post-Impressionist painter, van Gogh is also known for his many self-portraits, landscapes, and still-lifes. This Summer, prepare yourself for a taste of van Gogh as some of his best-celebrated artworks make their way to your wardrobe, thanks to a collaboration between the Van Gogh Museum and the skateboarding brand, Vans.
The capsule collection between two of the most unlikely of collaborators is the first for the record books. This will be the first time a museum crosses over with a streetwear skateboarding brand, especially one with the Van Gogh Museum’s stature. The upcoming collection, which will be available on 3 August 2018 will feature some of van Gogh’s most iconic artworks including the Skull, Almond Blossom, Sunflowers, and the artist’s self-portrait.
Alongside these four artworks, another van Gogh painting titled ‘Old Vineyard with Peasant Woman’ will also be part of the collection. It will cover across the classic Vans Old Skool as well as the special Classic Sip-On. This will also feature excerpts of handwritten letters from van Gogh to his brother, Theo.
Aside from the classic footwear, the paintings will also be available across a variety of apparel and accessories. Vans also pays homage to van Gogh’s signature brushstroke style by featuring its checkerboard patterns on many pieces with brushstroke-like detailing.
Some of the apparels available comprise hoodies, long-sleeve t-shirts, backpacks, and caps depicting the renowned painter’s art pieces with ‘Almond Blossoms’ playing a huge influence in the ensemble. Other paintings including the Sunflowers also make an appearance in a hoodie while van Gogh has his self-portrait imprinted on a t-shirt.
Of course, this is not the first time Vans pairs up with a famous artist. Back in 2015, Vans introduced a collection alongside Japanese contemporary artist, Takashi Murakami. The collection featured various floral arrangements on the Vans Classic Slip-On. While every brand is jumping onto the collaborative bandwagon with various musicians, Vans opts for a different approach by partnering with one of the world’s most iconic artists of all time.
Sales profits will be going to preserving van Gogh’s legacy and collection of art, which allows future generations to fully understand who van Gogh is as an artist as well as his personal life. The collection will be available from 3 August 2018 onwards in Vans stores and online platforms. It will also be available at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam for those looking to make in-store purchases.