Acne Studios was inspired by Swedish artist and mystic Hilma af Klint*, who has emerged from decades of relative obscurity thanks to a recent retrospective at Stockholm’s Museum of Modern Art.
"She was before Mondrian, she was before Kandinsky," Jonny Johansson (Acne´s co-founder and creative director) was marveling as he flipped through the exhibition catalog. He might just as well have gestured up at his clothes. He'd adapted her pieces into the collection's prints. "When I saw her color palette, I thought this is my color palette," he said, pointing to her milky pinks, yellows, and blues. "I relate to this. Everyone thinks of Sweden as gray. I don't relate to that."

Johansson splashed prints of Klint´s Symbolist paintings on dress shirts, T-shirts, sweatshirts and scarves, which were paired with oversized flares and stiff leather jackets, crinkled lamé linen suits a modern, psychedelic vibe.

* She was a Swedish artist and mystic whose paintings were amongst the first abstract art. She belonged to a group called "The Five" and the paintings or diagrams were a visual representation of complex philosophical ideas. Take a look here for some of her works.

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