Fashion is art or art is fashion?
There is an obvious correlation between these two. I believe fashion is an art form - you might call it decorative or applied art as opposed to fine art, but what's the distinction? Because the same amount of artistic expression goes into clothes, a piece of pottery or a painting.
Some designers are directly influenced by fine art. A lot of Bill Gibb's things were influenced by the slashed panels in dresses, say, Flemish paintings. I myself would be happy to design some dresses influenced by Botticelli or Matisse.
Yet only an old-fashioned aesthete would argue that the role of the artist is to create beauty. Sometimes artists do, but for most of them beauty tends to be a product of their quest to explore the ambiguities of modern life.
Now coming to question, is fashion an art or art is fashion? I think fashion has a practical purpose, whereas art does not. Yet, unlike art, fashion rarely expresses more than the headlines of history. So, fashion is art but art isn't fashion.
This week I am inspiried by the similarity of prints of an object of art and fashion so I am sharing them with You.
|Damien Hirst, Forgotten Promises Exhibition|
|Christian Louboutin S/S12 Pigalle Pollock Pump|