Thursday, October 1, 2015

Is fashion art?

Is fashion art? First we have to start with defining art, which is stated as the following, “The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.” And the second definition states, “The various branches of creative activity, such as painting, music, literature, and dance.” With these definitions of art, I agree that fashion is art and I will explain why in the following paragraphs.
The first definition says about creative skill and imagination, typically through visual, fashion designers must have imagination in order to create new fashion or an imagination to take a recycled trend and change it even just a little bit to make it a new trend all over again. Creative skill is a must in order to be a fashion designer, as is imagination. How is one to create new styles and designs without having the skill of being creative? Fashion takes creativity and imagination in order to come up with styles that have not previously been thought of. I
t says, “…for beauty or emotional power,” One wouldn’t buy a shirt they considered ugly right? Designers create outfits they consider beautiful, just as consumers buy outfits that they consider beautiful. As for emotional power, one feels good when they are dressed well. I personally feel great when my outfit is on point. It makes someone feel more confident, prettier, and in power.
Now we’ll go to the second definition, which states, “…such as painting, music, literature, and dance.” The connection with literature is that some articles of clothing have words, quotes, or lyrics printed on them, and that also connects to music. Another connection to music is as we discussed in class and also in the book Hijacking the Runway, how celebrities can influence people. As for dance, dancers need specific types of clothing which are easy to move around in. Clothing design’s are like painting, which also goes back to creativity. We see graphics on shirts, pants, skirts, etc that would be considered artwork if it was on a piece of paper, so what makes it on clothing any different? Also, just the way an outfit is cut up is a sign of creativity, such as shirts that have cut out in the shape of a skull on the back, that takes talent to do (I know because I’ve tried and failed!). So for all the above reasons, I believe that yes, fashion and art are one in the same.

1 comment:

  1. I liked the connections you established between fashion and music and dance. Visual arts are a common point of comparison to fashion, but the performance aspect of it is often overlooked.