Is Fashion Frivolous or Fine Art?
Debate? Fashion is the most powerful art there is.
Some do not consider fashion to be an art form?! However, most would agree that this expression of ones-self is the ultimate “I belong to this group” as well the judgment cast upon a wearer of any garment. The clothing we choose to wear is an instant language. weather we consciously do it or not. Style is something that expresses who you are in your own way. So ultimately “the making of images, that express feelings” the very definition of art.
Nay Sayers suggest that the beauty found in fine art, too subtle to be replicated in fashion. One could argue this point that with the subtle cut of a suit or the simple cut of a skirt or cut. Opponents may also point out that fashion has no function other than decorative, the exact same point could be reasoned about Fine Art.
Fashion galleries – such as the one at the V&A and the one at the Metropolitan in New York highlight my point. Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty exhibition solidified fashion as legitimate form of art.
Fashion also reflects a certain point in history, just as pottery can. Fashion, which is always about a concept of beauty, whether everyone agrees on the said concept is up for debate. Some designers are directly influenced by fine art. I myself once designed a piece called the Circe dress which was itself influenced by J.W. Waterhouse.
Fashion has some of the best quotes about expression in clothing, and sadly some of the most vapid –
“Fashion is the most powerful art there is. It’s movement, design, and architecture all in one. It shows the world who we are and who we’d like to be.”
“The best things in life are free. The second best are very expensive.”
I believe this and other quotes, the reason people loath to think as fashion as art as well as the commercialism of the new trends each season all to encourage us to part with our money on the fear of being out of sync, but as the famous quote goes “fashion fades, style remains”
Therefore, style not fashion is the truest form of art.
What’s your opinion, Complete codswallop or valid point?