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Animal Crossing players are re-creating their favourite designers and artists in the game

These islanders have re-created everything from artwork by Andy Warhol and Yayoi Kusama to Balenciaga outfits

Emma Steen

Shops and museums may be closed to stop the spread of Covid-19 coronavirus, but that doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate design from the comfort of your own home. Specifically, from your home in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

New Horizons is the latest release in the Animal Crossing franchise for Nintendo Switch and the game comes with more than a few design tools for fans to express their creativity – from redecorating their homes to designing their own clothes. Some creatives were quick to use these tools to incorporate the work of their favourite artists in the game.

This gamer covered their floor and walls with Yayoi Kusama’s signature polka dots and even adorned their home with an artwork of her famous pumpkin. As for the outfit, user @pericpotter created their own yukata, but printed it with the trademark motif of luxury fashion brand Fendi. This impressive ensemble is one of many snapshots shared on the niche yet innovative Animal Crossing Fashion Archive Instagram account managed by Kara Chung. Now, at the height of cherry blossom season, the page is full of adorable villagers dressed in high-brow streetwear with a backdrop of sakura in full bloom. 

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Jason In NOAH Cap, Maison Kitsuné Pullover, Converse All-Star’s

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This trendsetter paired a Noah cap with Converse All Stars and a Maison Kitsuné pullover. 

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@suqmayazzz + @balenciaga

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This islander could easily belong on the streets of Omotesando with an outfit snagged from a Balenciaga fashion show.

One gamer even went as far as making a Billie Eilish lookalike in a neon green get up and made a parody of the singer’s song titled ‘Bass Guy’.

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M WOODS is proud to present our new VIRTUAL MUSEUM on the social simulation video game ‘Animal Crossing’ by @nintendo ⁣ . The virtual museum will include significant past exhibitions from our history turned digital, such as: David Hockney, Lu Yang, Nicolas Party, and Andy Warhol, amongst others. ⁣ ⁣ Join us for the launch online this Friday (4pm Beijing time) on Bilibili, where our staff will be streaming live - giving tutorials on how to play. ⁣Free to join and free to play. ⁣ Please see our Weibo account for more information! . . . . #stayhome #museumfromhome #virtual #museum #animalcrossing @animalcrossingfashionarchive @luyangasia @nicolasparty @tate @david_hockney @warholfoundation @thewarholmuseum

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If you’d rather prioritise your house interior than focus on your 'fits, Yayoi Kusama's polka dots are just the beginning when it comes to decking your walls in modern art. M Woods, a private art museum in Beijing, has released remarkable snapshots of its own virtual art galleries in Animal Crossing, complete with re-creations of exhibitions by artists such as Andy Warhol. 

Have an artist or designer you'd like to channel to add some flair to your virtual world? Now is as good a time as any to get those creative juices flowing.

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