Fashion is not somethingthat exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion hasto do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening (Coco Chanel, 2008). Fashion is an art.
It’s a religion. It’s ajob. It’s a peek into a personality.
It’s playfulness. It’s an escape or adisguise. It is a feast for the eyes.
But ultimately, fashion is an individualstatement of expression for each of us. To know the relationship of fashion andart more your need to explore their relationship. To begin, close your eyes andthink about the word art. What do you see? What do you specifically think ofwhen you say the word to yourself? Go ahead and try it.
You might think of thebright colors of the painter’s palette, a certain favorite painter or painting,a statue or sculpture, a specific style or period of art or even a museum orart gallery. The question is did the word fashion enter your mind? Chances arevery good that it did. Fashion designers use their skills and abilities tocreate beautiful and interesting pieces of clothing.
They also have expandedtheir reach from the catwalks into the home with top designers releasingdesigner sheets and home décor accessories. By doing so these pieces ofclothing, designer sheets and home decor that have been designed in an exhibitare the same things you see when you view a piece of fine artwork in a galleryor museum. Fashion and art revolve around the same sphere, which iscreativity. The two worlds share a bridge that links the two together. Art inits own aspect has followed humanity through its times and the world of fashionhas also been synonymous to it.
The two mediums share a close relationship. Fashionhas its deep roots set in self expressionism, a means to show the world yourpersonality by way of body adornment and clothing. To me fashion month is theone of the greatest art shows every year. A reminder that the idea fashion isart as well as a method of self-expression is to be taken seriously. Differentartistic cultural movements influence fashion as well. It is fairly evidentthat the Art Deco movement of the early twentieth century influenced whatpeople wore; for example, felt hats and turbans replaced the popular styles ofheadwear at the time.
Hints of impressionist art were also present in fashionat this time, as several designers used fluid lines and flimsy, diaphanousmaterials to create their fashions.