can fashion be considered Art?
April 5, 2011 § 2 Comments
Is a designer an artist, or just a mere seamstress? Pierre Berge questioned the same topic in a little coffee table book that I own about Yves Saint Laurent. Pierre said,
“Is fashion an Art? The question has often been asked over the last few years, and not about fashion alone. Like cinema, painting, music, literature, and poetry, fashion is an art when practiced by an artist. In the same way that there are “Sunday Painters”, there are “Sunday Couturiers”, and we should not be surprised that there are so many of them. In a century that has seen the advent of so many different forms of expression, we can surely refer to fashion as Art.” (Pierre Berge, Assouline)
My feeling about art is that art is an ever changing world with many different avenues of expression, and one of these avenues is fashion. I believe that like how some people collect cars or pieces of work by Picasso or Monet because they respect the fine craftsmanship of that artists work, some people collect pieces of work by Chanel or John Galliano or any other designer because they respect the craftsmanship of that artists work. Fashion is the same as any other Art.
I am personally a collector of fashion, mostly Christian Louboutin shoes, and although I am an amateur in this field of collecting, I do it because I truly respect, and in some ways worship, the work that these artisans have created. For me, walking into Barneys New York is like walking into the Louvre museum for the first time. I have been to the Louvre and while I find it amazing and breath taking, I get that same reaction every time I visit Barneys or any other store I respect. Stores are the same as museums in a lot of ways. They both display works of art by different artists and they are both always changing what is on display, only at stores you can buy the real works of art where at a museum you are stuck with the badly printed replica.
So if a vintage car or some sculpture of a empty box that is supposed to represent how messed up society is can be considered works of art, then I see no reason why a beautiful, elegant pair of shoes by Christian Louboutin or a sleek and sexy Balenciaga bag or anything else in fashion couldn’t be considered art as well.