Collaborations with artists aren't just for the haute couture runway dwellers, but also for mass-market brands. This footwear brand is known to many people for boots that look like military boots, but differ from them with a less-thick sole and an incredible variety of colours and prints. And for so many years now, Dr. Martens has been releasing special collections dedicated to different artists.
In 2019, for example, the brand released a collection supported by London's Tate Britain contemporary art gallery. This gallery dates back to the twentieth century and is primarily known for its one of the most comprehensive collections of British art. However, for the collaboration with the brand museum's representatives chose works of the British artist and novelist of the Victorian era William Turner. He is considered to be the greatest "painter of light ", who sought to show the insignificance of man compared to the surrounding and often engulfing nature.
The following year, 2020, the brand's official website launched two new designs, featuring prints of paintings by 1970s American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. His work has a lot to do with street culture, especially graffiti, which he himself did as a teenager. One of his most famous images, a sketchy crown with three points, holds a place of honour in the 'world of boots'.
This year Dr. Martens has created another aesthetically pleasing collaboration with Keith Haring
. Although the artist passed away over 20 years ago due to AIDS, his artistic legacy continues to be incredibly appreciated. His art is in swiftly clear lines, concise silhouettes and vibrant colours, and the many little people who once occupied the entire canvas now cover the same concise and daring Dr. Martens shoes entirely.