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  • Collage by Copylab. Original: Portrait of Leonilla, “Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn” by Franz Xaver Added: Cat eye studded acetate sunglasses by Prada; Broadway embellished python clutch by Gucci

  • Collage by Copylab. Original: “Bacchus and Ariadne” by Guido Reni. Added: Calvin Klein Briefs

  • Collage by Copylab. Original: Portrait of Princess Diana by Israel Zohar. Added: Hood By Air sweater design

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The artful collages of Copylab

Chris Rellas is a 19-year old French and Art History major at Georgetown University that has become worldwide famous for his Instagram account under the alias of @copylab, creating some of the most inspiring hybrids of high fashion and art you have ever seem. His intricate collages combine iconic masterpieces like Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring”, Bouguereau’s “The Birth of Venus” or Da Vinci’s “Lady with an Ermine” with some of the most fashionable clothes and accessories from brands like Chanel, Versace, Fendi, Prada and Louis Vuitton. His amazing ability to re-contextualize art and fashion references and his great sense of humor have gained him more than 20,00 followers, collaborations with brands like Calvin Klein, Missoni and Anya Hindmarch, as well as Instagram takeovers for magazines like Garage.

In Rellas’ Instagram it’s absolutely normal to see Napoleon in a Givenchy Rottweiler T-shirt, Frida Kahlo wearing some prismatic h0les shades or model Gigi Hadid transformed into a Klimt heroine, making it a totally stimulating experience for both art lovers and fashion addicts. Rellas, who is a huge fan of French Impressionism and Modern Art, created his first ever collage while working as an editorial intern at online clothing retailer Nasty Gal, inspired by a series of vintage denim ads he had to photocopy one day, as well as by his favorite art blog. That very day he realized that the art meets fashion combination was an ideal field for experimentation and exploration, leading him to create his @copylab account. His success was very rapid, catching the attention of some of the industry’s key players, and his trademark style soon became instantly recognizable.

As for his creative process, Rellas recently told W magazine: “Generally I work one of two ways: Either I see a piece of art that I find inspiring, or I’m reading Style.com or a street style blog and an accessory or designer catches my eye. Once I find something I’d like to work with my heart starts racing and I feel a real sense of urgency pushing me to bring my idea to life as quickly as possible”. We leave you with a selection of his most representative works that reflect perfectly his playful spirit and keen eye on fashion and art, being sure that they will definitely blow your mind!