The Art of Fashion

Ask anyone in the fashion industry and they would say fashion is an art. It isn’t just about where to shop or the clothes we put on. It’s more than that. Fashion is about how we show off our individualism by the pieces we pick out and how a brand cultivates an image. It’s about the work put into a collection to make it cohesive and how to make a statement with a piece of fabric. The art of fashion isn’t what we typically think of as highbrow art. It’s not seen as the same as the decades old paintings hung on walls or perfectly chiseled sculptures. This idea is changing and further bringing the fashion into the art world.

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While some of us know the Met as the stairs Blair Waldorf sat on to eat her breakfast, others know it as the highly esteemed museum on the posh 5th Avenue in New York City. And while the Met is filled with thousands of highbrow art pieces, its Costume Institute exhibit is what draws the fashion industry’s eye. Since it’s reopening in 2014, the Costume Institute has shown off pieces from Yves Saint Laurent, House of Dior, and most recently, Comme des Garçons. Each year it not only rotates designers, but also the themes of the exhibitions, with titles like PUNK: Chaos to Couture, Poiret: King of Fashion, and Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty. The idea of a fashion exhibit in a highly regarded art museum was unheard of before its original opening in 1946 in the Met, but now it’s one of the most popular stops. But this exhibit does more than just increase foot traffic for the Met, it also opens up the spot for fashion in the world of art.

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Louis Vuitton is one of the most highly regarded designers, his LV patterned bags internationally recognized. The brand has kept up with modern demands while still holding up the classy standards of the history of the brand. In July of 2012, Louis Vuitton revealed a partnership with well-known pop artist Yayoi Kusama, releasing bags with in bright yellows and reds, a shocking change from their standard and classic browns. And then again in April of 2017, Louis Vuitton unveiled the first part of their Masters collection, which was a collaboration with Jeff Koons. Instead of bags with their classic monogram patterns, the bags of this collection were covered in famous paintings done by acclaimed artists like Van Gogh, Monet, Da Vinci. These collections not only changed what the Louis Vuitton brand looked like, at least for a season, but they also showed an unprecedented partnership between a powerhouse fashion designer and well-respected artists.

Instead of two separate fields, we are starting to see the fashion world colliding with the art world, bringing each aspect new types of customers and consumers. Fashion is an art, just a different type of art than many would think of. Breaking down the boundaries between highbrow and lowbrow art makes it so that fashion can be considered art.

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