Ever wonder how multiple designers and artist stumble onto the same idea all at once?
*Zuhair Murad, a designer in his garden not far from Beirut got the idea.
*Kate and Laura Mulleavy designers in Los Angeles, feeling nostalgic for their childhood got the idea.
*Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters designers in New York, were discussing ideas of transcendence and rebirth and got the idea.
*Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli designers in Rome, were listening to opera music when they got the idea.
*In Texas, I (Cynthia Medanich) got the idea around Dec. 2011 while thinking about my brother (who died by suicide in 2008).
(I had a solo art show called “Transformation Series” in May, 2012 with over 25 works)
Butterflies - that's "the idea" they all came to, but why?
"Perhaps it was just coincidence that these designers and artist, when they had their eureka moments, would arrive at the same destination from different directions.
All featured butterflies in their designs in some small or large, way.
Sometimes designers like to say, ideas are just in the air.
In this case, they actually were.
Butterflies have become such a major fashion trend that you might reasonably wonder if designers and artist all meet in secret to decide what "theme" of the season will be."
Where does inspiration come from in the first place, and how does it seem to be so, well, contagious?
The same wavelength.
Dries Van Noten, designer featured butterflies in exhibit in Paris. A Damien Hirst butterfly painting shown with Elsa Schiaparelli evening gown and Van Noten's menswear collection. Van Noten said the painting was his idea starting point.
"Tracing a common source of ideas in fashion, alas, is rather like chasing butterflies. Each designer has a different explanation."
Gabier and Peters, who say they first had their idea last August 2013, butterflies were chosen for their symbolism of Transformation.
I too chose butterflies for their symbolism of Transformation. I had my art show “Transformation Series” in May, 2012.
Butterflies again turn up at Jean Paul Gaultier, Valentino Madame Butterfly reference in the collection. He said, "Our goal was to create something light and beautiful."
Great minds think alike.
The article talks about the history of butterflies appearance in fashion.
“Today designers and artist react to climate change, exploring themes related to nature in their works. So it follows that they would be including all variety of animal prints.” The article goes on to more examples of the mix of butterflies wing patterns with big cat spot patterns.
Look for Leopard spots to trend again. (Katy Perry-Hear Me Roar)
"I'm not sure where ideas come from”, Laura Mulleavy says, “But I do believe we are influenced by things happening all around us."
Could it really be that simple?
Most designers and artist would argue that their ideas are their own, even when others have the same ones.
"When those kinds of themes are omnipresent in fashion or art, it becomes about using them in your own way," Gabier says, "It's not like the butterfly was invented in 2014."
Many creative types share common passions, so it's not unusual for them to be inspired by the same movies, people, songs, and periods.
Chicken vs. Egg
Designers set the trends, but their runways are also influenced by the street and other external factors. Who really creates fashion?
As far as ownership goes, butterflies and leopard spots are likely in the public domain.
These are my notes from the article. To read the original article, go to www.instyle.com and or follow Eric Wilson on Twitter @EricWilsonSays