Are Art And Fashion The Same?

At the moment of the launch of Paris Fashion Week this week, KAZoART invites you into the intertwining of art and fashion. Who says these two universes have nothing in common? They are, however, closely linked to the point of marrying each other to perfection sometimes. It is a question of aesthetics, emotion, and transmission. If painting and sculpture are classified among the traditional arts, fashion is not there. Could we then consider fashion as the tenth art?

What Is The Connection Between Art And Fashion?

While it’s officially considered an applied art, the styling doesn’t stop there when it comes to ready-to-wear. As soon as we go beyond the limits of everyday life and practicality, we arrive in the world of haute-couture. The designers are less constrained economically. They reveal their know-how and sometimes abandon the “practical” side of a dress. That will probably never be worn, such as these baroque-inspired outfits from the Viktor & Rolf brand.

Not all designers agree that fashion is an art. But let’s go back for a moment to the spring-summer 2014 collection from Chanel’s house at the Grand Palais. Models paraded in the heart of a scenography dotted with art objects! Karl Lagerfeld had imagined a collection of clothes that women could wear during openings. A way to parody the stylists who think they are artists? The ambiguity remains when we know that Karl Lagerfeld does not consider fashion as an art.

Yves Saint-Laurent also has mixed art and fashion. As evidenced by his famous Mondrian collection (after Dutch artist Piet Mondrian) dedicated to his favorite artist’s works, The Mondrian Dress, a short straight little dress will be the fall-winter’s. Centerpiece 1965 haute-couture collection. The couturier declares, “My purpose was not to measure myself against the masters, at most to approach them and shoot them. lessons from their genius.

Art and fashion
Art and fashion

Fashion: Art In Its Own Right?

Art and fashion have indeed come together over the past two centuries. Collaborations are growing between artists and couturiers and sometimes meet great success, like Elsa Schiaparelli and Salvador Dali. We owe the hat-shoe and the dress-lobster. The idea is also to upset cultural codes, go against “what will we say,” and let your imagination speak.

A valid means of artistic expression, fashion is even invited to museums, like the Palais Galliera in Paris, entirely devoted to fashion. Fashion – more particularly haute-couture thus exerts a counterpoint to its low durability. Considering and perceiving fashion as art allows it to stand the test of time.

The Couturier, Also An Artist?

Haute-couture creations express the couturier’s very essence, whose way of working is reminiscent of that of an artist. At the heart of a sewing workshop, operating modes are practiced, related to other art forms such as painting or sculpture. Wearing haute-couture creations goes beyond issues related to quantity, size, or format. The couturier benefits from a palette of colors, various textures, multiple shapes that allow him to dress a body, to enhance its volume, to perfect its curves or not.

Beyond the work of a painter or sculptor, the couturier can also be likened to an architect, as evidenced by Issey Miyake’s approach. This Japanese designer explores the notions of movements, geometry, and volume through a wide choice of materials: plastic, cable, paper, or even rush.

“The important thing is the sum of these encounters, that there are no more borders (…) between art and fashion, and that everything is like something that can do good. »Declared the creator and artist Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, who has always put forward his desire to combine two worlds that one might think narcissistic and closed to each other. If fashion is inspired by art, the opposite also prevails. Many painters have highlighted fabrics, drapes, feminine silhouettes sublimated by clothes, delivering an actual message on an era’s fashions.

A reflection of society, fashion imposes itself as a witness to an era. If it is not an art, … should say that it is expressly nourished by it. Beyond a close bond, perhaps we could say that these two worlds end up intertwining, not always, but more and more. Andy Warhol had an intuition that museums would one day become department stores, and we could say that the opposite is not to be ruled out either.

When Were The Collaborations Born?

Art and fashion are closely linked since the creation of haute couture in the middle of the 19th century; couturiers have always been very close to artists. Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Coco Chanel, to name a few, were all closely linked to the art world.

Long before becoming the designer we know, in the 1920s, Christian Dior frequented the art world. He even became director of a painting gallery and rubbed shoulders with the greatest artists of the time.

Yves Saint Laurent has always been a genuine art lover and has accumulated over 700 works of art throughout his life. This passion, Yves Saint Laurent shows it in his dresses. We think of the famous dress “Hommage à Mondrian,” which has become emblematic of the French designer.

Therefore, suffice to say that it is nothing surprising to find so many standard inspirations and collaborations mixing art and fashion since these two worlds seem intimately linked since the beginning of their history.

“Everyone can see it: art-fashion collaborations arouse great interest from the public, customers, and the media. The story is only just beginning and will continue – one can assume it – over the next few seasons. Art and fashion are vast universes so that the inspirations are endless.”



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