Pantone 2018: museums in ultraviolet
The Pantone colour chart sets the tone! Discover the colours in fashion in 2018 through our images!
As with every season, the ®Pantone Color Institute is unveiling the next key colours. The report, which presents an overview of the colours in fashion, has become a go-to reference guide. This year’s “it” colour is Ultra violet.
However, the chosen palette also features yellow, pink, green and more. It’s not easy to find these trends in museum collections, yet the range of colours that will inspire fashion and design collections in 2018 is widely represented.
Before Pantone: from palette to colour chart
The trend book on colour preferences featured in the artist’s palette as a matrix for the emerging work and an emblematic tool of artistic practice.
But the palette has evolved with the times. In the 19th century, it was transformed by chemistry. It’s important to remember that the origins of 2018’s colour of the year lie in the work of British chemist William Henry Perkin, who created the first organic, aniline-based colourant, mauveine, in 1865. This discovery had an indirect impact on the arts and literature, making the colour mauve increasingly widespread, particularly in fashion and in artists’ palettes.
Artist Zao Woo-Ki’s palette, photographed by Raphaël Gaillarde. Photo (C) Collection Raphaël Gaillarde, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Raphaël Gaillarde
The palette and colour chart, two tools that allow the artist to create, imagine, build and be immersed. Before the famous Pantone colour chart, painters would collect colours and create their own chart.
Maurice Denis’ green watercolour chart. Photo (C) RMN-Grand Palais (musée d'Orsay) / Thierry Le Mage