From Jackie Kennedy’s pillbox hats to Hillary Clinton’s rainbow of pantsuits, America’s most powerful families have often doubled as its fashion icons. But it isn’t just political dynasties that keep us sartorially captivated. Now celebrating its landmark 25th season, The Simpsons--like the Kennedys and Clintons before them--continue to be a source of inspiration for all facets of the fashion industry. Since the satirical portrait of the middle class American family made its full-length debut on December 17, 1989, The Simpsons have broadcast over 550 episodes, been awarded 28 primetime Emmys, and been named the 20th century's best television series by TIME Magazine. Not bad for a four-fingered family of five famous for just missing the mark. There’s something about Springfield that makes it a frequent stop on the map for fashion’s biggest names. For Jeremy Scott, this reinvestment in America’s favorite family is one way of injecting the industry with some playful excitement: “fashion can always use a lil’ shaking up whether it wants to admit it or not!” In this spirit, here are i-D’s top five favorite Simpsons crossover collections and collaborations.
Jeremy Scott grew up watching The Smashing Pumpkins rock Homerpalooza, the Pin Pals rule the Springfield Bowling Alley, and the tragic funerals of Snowballs I-IV. Identifying the most with Bart, who he called “the quintessential American teenager with a rebellious streak,” Scott’s fall/winter 2012 collection--complete with playfully printed knits plastered with El Barto’s signature smirk--successfully reignited “Bartmania.” For Scott, The Simpsons' subversive spirit continues to resonate: “it’s the combination of being American and rebellious while still having humor and a heart of gold that pretty much sums me up in a nutshell!”