The Surrealists’ use of ‘readymades’ - everyday objects as art - has provided a wealth of inspiration to designers and fashionistas. In the 1930s Dalí and Schiaparelli worked together on a series of misplaced slippers as hats, which in turn inspired designer Karl Lagerfeld to create a corset hat in 1985.

Some students chose the readymade route taking inspiration from Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain, 1917, Francis Picabia’s Fille neé sans mère (Girl Born without a Mother), 1916-1917, and Surrealist collages and scrapbooks to create strong outlines, bold prints and unusual detailing.


Image credits

left: Marcel Duchamp, Fountain (1917/1964). Tate, London, purchased with assistance from the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1999, Photography © Tate, London 2010© Succession Marcel Duchamp/ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2011

right: Francis Picabia, Fille née sans mère [Girl Born without a Mother] (about 1916-1917). © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2004