The journey into Virgil Abloh ‘s art world continues. For its SS21 collection, Off-White presented a series of new sweatshirts decorated with some Caravaggio paintings. The line-up is opened by a graphic that mixes the Child with a basket of fruit (1593) with the crossed arrows of the brand. However, scrolling through the catalog, you can also see the painting San Gerolamo Writing (1606) and also a return of Leonardo’s Mona Lisa on other sweatshirts.
The first appearance of the Mona Lisa on one of the brad drops was on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci. The Off-White c / o Louvre collection was on sale on the Off-White website, in the Louvre gift shop, and in Off-White boutiques in Paris and Milan. The capsule included primary street and urban-inspired pieces, especially the hooded sweatshirts with large sizes, ultra-long and abundant sleeves, and kangaroo pockets.
The reason why Caravaggio became a recurring motif in Off-White’s collections has never been explicitly explained. In the past, Virgil said that studying classical Renaissance and Baroque art had inspired him a lot. In the case of Caravaggio for his extraordinary realism and for the revolutionary use of chiaroscuro or, to use his words, “the idea that space can be found for new inventions in established art”.
The hoodies of Off-White for the SS21 season is available online on the brand’s website, in-store, and at selected retailers.