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Wednesday 1 October 2014

Creative student helps high fashion photobombs art history

Linda Sharkey

Published 08/08/2014 | 13:24

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'Venus, Clothed.' Original: The Birth Of Venus by William Adolphe Bouguereau. Added: Nasty Gal swimsuit
Chris Rellas/Copylab
'Venus, Clothed.' Original: The Birth Of Venus by William Adolphe Bouguereau. Added: Nasty Gal swimsuit Chris Rellas/Copylab
Original: Lady With An Ermine by Leonardo Da Vinci. Added: Saint Laurent hat Chris Rellas/Copylab
'Visibly Upset.' Original: Napoleon Emperor Defeated At Fontainebleau by Paul Hippolyte Delaroche. Added: Givenchy Rottweiler Shirt
Chris Rellas/Copylab
'Visibly Upset.' Original: Napoleon Emperor Defeated At Fontainebleau by Paul Hippolyte Delaroche. Added: Givenchy Rottweiler Shirt Chris Rellas/Copylab

Social media has been treated with a creative and artistic album of images that feature the most iconic paintings and luxury fashion.

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Chris Rellas, a 19-year-old American student and intern at the fashion website Nasty Gal, started an Instagram account about two months ago called Copylab. In it, he combines art and style - picture Jesus Christ carrying a Hermes wallet or Frida Kahlo wearing round mirrored sunglasses.

'Identity Theft.' Original: The Son of Man by René Magritte. Added: Green Chanel Lego Bag
Chris Rellas/Copylab
'Identity Theft.' Original: The Son of Man by René Magritte. Added: Green Chanel Lego Bag Chris Rellas/Copylab

He’s attracted the fashion world’s attention by embellishing images of famous historical art with designer accessories and logos. For example, Johannes Vermeer's 1665 Girl With a Pearl Earring has been modified into what he entitled Girl With a Chanel Earring; and Juan de Juanes’ 1560 The Last Supper was modified into “He broke the Hermes, gave it to his disciples and said…”.

For another twist, Mr Rellas has taken a propaganda image of the late North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il and made it look as he’s wearing last-season Prada coat.

'He broke the Hermes, gave it to his disciples and said...". Original: The Last Supper by Juan de Juanes. Added: Royal blue Hermes wallet
Chris Rellas/Copylab
'He broke the Hermes, gave it to his disciples and said...". Original: The Last Supper by Juan de Juanes. Added: Royal blue Hermes wallet Chris Rellas/Copylab

Rellas explains that he uses Photoshop and Lightroom "from time to time" to edit the photos. "I'm basically in a long term relationship with the Adobe programs," he told The Independent.

Talking about his inspiration in opening the account, Rellas said: "I started Copy Lab because I was tired of hearing people say that fashion was meaningless. Most people respect fine art but look down on clothing designers, but I've always seen a huge connect between the two.

"Of course, I also think art needs to be approached with a sense of humor, so that's a big component. I never take anything too seriously!"

'Future Freak.' Original: The Hard Lesson by William Adolphe Bouguereau. Added: Yru shoes
Chris Rellas/Copylab
'Future Freak.' Original: The Hard Lesson by William Adolphe Bouguereau. Added: Yru shoes Chris Rellas/Copylab

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'Visibly Upset.' Original: Napoleon Emperor Defeated At Fontainebleau by Paul Hippolyte Delaroche. Added: Givenchy Rottweiler Shirt
Chris Rellas/Copylab
'Visibly Upset.' Original: Napoleon Emperor Defeated At Fontainebleau by Paul Hippolyte Delaroche. Added: Givenchy Rottweiler Shirt Chris Rellas/Copylab

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