Summer holidays with the most fashionable accessories for day dreamers and lottery winners: Surrealistic dresses, smiley-shirts and dog towels – all designed by artists.

Extravagant: Knitted beach fashion 

For all those who like to stroll on their summer holidays and want to look fashionable while doing so, Sonia Delaunay has the answer: The painter successfully collaborated with various fashion designers during the 1920s, transferring her geometrically-abstract chromatic forms to swimsuits, coats and driving caps. The swimsuit is actually more suitable for the promenade than for water: Drying could take forever.

Still photo from the film Le P’tit Parigot & Model wearing swimsuit designed by Sonia Delaunay, 1928, Image via

Sonia Delaunay, bathing suit and illustration, 1928, Image via

The perfect wave

Funky times on the beach are guaranteed with the “Vilebrequin Moorea shorts”. Having grown up in Los Angeles, multimedia artist designer Alex Israel wanted to create a pair of shorts that paid homage to his teen surf movie “SPF-18”. Surfing aside: With these bright colors, you can casually jump into the water regardless of whether you’re in the Baltic or on Venice Beach.  

Alex Israel, Vilebrequin Moorea trunks, Image via

Sun-worshipping in style

A tanning session requires the right base. Cey Adams spreads love and coolness, Barbara Kruger’s beach towel guarantees the attention of the Baywatch crew, while Laurie Simmons’ tomato towel challenges female stereotypes. The perpetually humorous artist David Shrigley has even thought of our most loyal companions – and designed a dog towel.

Today I feel like...

Social distancing, masked faces and distance regulations: In times of the "New Normal" our emotional world is often upside down. In order to express his emotional state, artist Jeppe Hein captures it daily in watercolored self-portraits. And he invites the Schirn visitors to visualize their mood in a collective picture. Instead of a diary, the matching T-shirt is provided on site.

Jeppe Hein, Today I feel like, T-Shirt, (c) Jeppe Hein
Jeppe Hein, Today I feel like, T-Shirt, (c) Jeppe Hein
Put-on nonchalance

When you don’t have coolness written on your face, just fake it. The “Non-Stop” cap by Douglas Gordon works just as well in the evenings at the beach party, and it basically says it all. “Guilt” by Monica Bonvicini follows the next morning. This goes hand in hand with the interest of both artists to question the conditions of human existence.

Douglas Gordon, Non-Stop Cap, Image via
Monica Bonvicini, Guilt Cap, Image via
„Sea everything“

Sehnsucht nach Meer? Kein Problem. Mit dem von Künstlerin Bharti Kher gestaltenen Parley Ocean Bag, gefertigt aus recycelten Plastikflaschen, trägt man den Ozean immer bei sich. Und leistet auch noch einen Beitrag zu dessen Erhaltung. Jeder Kauf unterstützt das Parley Global Cleanup Network, eine Umweltorganisation, die durch den Zusammenschluss verschiedener Akteure gegen die Verschmutzung der Weltmeere vorgeht.

Bharti Kher, Parley Artist Ocean Bag, Image via
Bharti Kher, Parley Artist Ocean Bag, Image via
For a fresh breeze

With this sweater, you can make as much of an impression in a fresh North Sea breeze as you can at the beach bar. It was designed by painter David Hockney – who is best known for his pool paintings – in cooperation with The Ritva Man, and dates back to 1971. Anyone who can find out whom the pullover was auctioned to a few years ago might still have a chance to grab this stylish unique piece.

David Hockney x The Ritva Man, Image via

Evening gown

With this dress, you never have to take sneaky glances at the dictionary in the restaurant again. Anyone who has any problems deciphering a menu in a foreign language can simply point to their “Lobster Dress”. It was designed in 1937 by Elsa Schiaparelli in cooperation with the surrealist artist Salvador Dalí – and then reissued around 80 years later. Anyone who finds the lobster dress too extravagant can simply opt for the snappier design featuring Campbell’s Soup. It’s not a good idea to wear the “Souper Dress” by Pop Art icon Andy Warhol in the rain, though – it’s made of paper.

Sun king for a day

After the “Lobster Dress” came perfume “Le Roy Soleil” a few years later in 1946 by Elsa Schiaparelli and Salvador Dalí. Here, Schiaparelli wanted to celebrate the end of the Second World War and worked with her friend Dalí again, who aimed to pay homage to the Sun King Louis XIV in his design. “Though too expensive and too sophisticated for the general public, it was a lovely object destined not to die,” was how Schiaparelli described it. We can’t imagine a more fitting description.

Elsa Schiaparelli and Salvador Dalí, Le Roy Soleil, 1946, Image via

The bug bag

The icing on the cake of extravagance and decadence comes in the form of this little handbag. The insects enclosed in Plexiglas will no doubt serve as mosquito repellent as well as ample fodder for discussion, like so many works by Damien Hirst, known for his morbid art and most important representative of the Young British Artists Profits from the sale of the bag are donated to ROTA (Reach Out To Asia), a non-profit organization that helps to ensure access to education for children and young people worldwide.

Miuccia Prada and Damien Hirst, Entomology collaboration © Prada and Damien Hirst/Science Ltd., Image via

I wanna be like Grace Kelly!

In that case, Damien Hirst again would have something to offer. In cooperation with Alexander McQueen, he has designed a plethora of beautiful and indeed some less beautiful silk scarves. This way, you can dazzle in the convertible as magnificently as Grace Kelly. With this and the insect bag, your outfit for the evening is complete.

Damien hirst + Alexander McQueen, Monos Scaef, Courtesy Alexander McQueen, Image via

How to shine at the airport

When the contents are so spectacular, you need the packaging to match. With this Rimowa suitcase designed by Alex Israel, you’ll be in no danger of missing your luggage on the conveyor belt. Just make sure that no one deliberately swipes it. And on that note: have a safe trip!    

Alex Israel x Rimowa, Image via