Monday, 28 May 2018

CAN FASHION EVER BE CLASSED AS FINE ART?


This is a debate that has been going on for quite some time. People's views are very much split on this topic, including designers themselves. Many people feel as though fine art is within painting, architecture and sculpting and other art forms such as fashion are seen as 'applied art.' 

Over the years the definition of art has become a lot more elastic and I feel as though a turning point in this was the Alexander McQueen 'Savage Beauty' exhibition that took place in 2011 just a year after McQueen committed suicide. People across the world started to look at fashion differently, and there is no way that you could look at McQueen's work and think it was anything other than art. 


Don't get me wrong, of course not all fashion is art. A lot of it is a lot more commercial. For example a pair of Joni jeans from Topshop or a two piece from Misguided is not art. However these couture shows that bring hand embroidered custom made pieces to a runway are, in my opinion, an art form. 

After watching 'The first Monday In May' on Netflix, I noticed that most designers don't see themselves as artists. Jean Paul Gaultier talks about how clothes shouldn't be in a museum. They should represent what is happening in society wether thats economically or politically. I agree to a certain extent. I don't think that art always has to be in a museum however. Art can be seen In someones outfit walking down a street, it can be seen on graffitied walls, it can be seen in everyday life. It's a difficult one, because how can you really distinguish what is art and what isn't? Do you base it on intention? If someone intends to create a piece of art, wether thats by putting a paintbrush to paper or getting your sewing machine out, surely that is art because it is subjective.   

One thing that I do find interesting is the idea that because Fashion is predominantly a female domain, more so than painting for example, people may dismiss fashion as an art form more quickly.  That is a whole different debate however and I will probably discuss this in a whole new blog post. 

THANK YOU 

CLAYTON EVANS 

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