Fashion and Art

Fashion and art, although surely not the same, are at the very least related. I think at the highest end of fashion clothes can achieve an art-like status, but the lowest end of fashion (i.e. mass production) clothes are almost the antithesis of art. Here are some articles on how art has seemed to have increasingly embraced fashion.

1.22.12 – Fashion’s Beautiful Relationship With Art (Julia Robson, The National)

As technology advances, particularly in printing techniques and 3D textiles, fashion designers are able to elevate their craft toward the level of art. Designers like Moralioglu, Saunders, and Katrantzou use such techniques to create effects similar to those seen by artists such as Hockney and Hume; furthermore, color palettes have striking similarities in these increasingly intertwined worlds of creation.

From the article:

“The idea of artwork being some kind of 3D multimedia project designed to appeal to all the senses, rather than merely an object to look at, feels right for our time. And it was with this thought, “fashion mirrors art”, that I put on my most intellectual-looking spectacles (Giorgio Armani, obviously) and set out for two major art openings last week.”

1.6.12 – Will the Real Daphne Guinness Please Stand Up? (Raquel Laneri, Forbes)

One of only a handful of personal collections to go on exhibition, Daphne Guinness’s exhibition at FIT’s museum has been widely acclaimed for its eclectic and “breathtaking” pieces.


From the article:

“Oddly, another, current exhibition on a fashionable socialite’s style, Daphne Guinness, which ends its run at the Fashion Institute of Technology this weekend, has managed to escape such criticism. The 44-year-old Guinness — an heiress to the beer fortune — is widely considered the most stylish woman in the world. Her streaked Bride of Frankenstein hair, signature heel-less platform shoes and fierce, tailored pieces (often including spikes, feathers or heavy beading) certainly cut an imposing figure. And her tiny frame makes her the perfect canvas for the most outrageous couture. Daphne Guinness presents about 100 of garments and accessories from Guinness’ vast clothing collection, and they are breathtaking: bejeweled cat suits by Alexander McQueen, sequined jackets by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, sexy LBDs from Azzadine Alaïa, as well as striped leather leggings from a Dublin punk shop and crisp, white men’s shirts she designed herself. It also includes films, videos and images of and by her; Guinness, in addition to being a clotheshorse, is a performance artist and filmmaker.”

1.5.12 – Does the Guggenheim’s New Trustee Mean an Embrace of Fashion Exhibitions? (No Author Attributed, Art Info)

It would appear as if the Guggenheim is embracing the trend of more fashion exhibitions in museums as well, as it brings on a new trustee Barbara Slilfka, who was previously a fashion editor at Harper’s Bazaar.


From the article:

“Barbara Slilfka, a former fashion editor at Harper’s Bazaar, has been elected to the board of trustees of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, the organization announced today. Slifka has been actively involved with the Guggenheim for more than 20 years, and supported several modernist exhibitions at the museum, including last year’s “The Great Upheaval: Modern Art from the Guggenheim Collection, 1910–1918″ through her Joseph and Sylvia Slifka Foundation.”

1.3.12 – Fashion’s Next Museum Tricks (Emily Cronin, Elle UK)

A slew of fashion exhibitions are already slated for next year, including retrospectives on Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Jacobs’ Louis Vuitton, and the CFDA at FIT.

From the article:

“In the next year, at least ten shows focussed on fashion designers, brands or iconic garments will open in museums from New York to Venice. March alone promises exhibitions on Christian Louboutin at London’s Design Museum (opening on the 28th), a retrospective of Marc Jacobs’s work at Louis Vuitton in Paris from the 9th and a show on Diana Vreeland at Venice’s Fortuny Museum. In May, the Victoria and Albert Museum will reopen its fashion galleries with its Ballgowns: British Glamour since 1950

1.1.12 – Fashion at the Museum Brings in the Crowds (Rhiannon Harries, The Independent)

The Design Museum, The V&A, and the MET are all gearing up for major exhibitions next year, while many top designers like Azzedine Alaïa, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Max Mara have already seen success with their current exhibitions.

From the article:

“Valerie Steele, director of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, ascribes the current public appetite for fashion exhibitions to an accessibility that other art forms lack: “People believe they are able to understand and appreciate fashion, whereas they are often unsure about contemporary or even historical art.””

12.16.11 – Dior Marks Beijing Flagship (Debra Bruno, WWD)

Like most brands launching in China, Dior complimented their new flagship opening in Beijing with an exhibition that combined art and fashion.

From the article:

“The grand opening of the Beijing store coincided with the opening of an exhibition called “Lady Dior As Seen By,” a one-month display of artwork based on the iconic quilted handbag. The show, on display in an enclosed area created at the Huamao Plaza outside Shin Kong Place, is a collection of nearly 60 photographs, sculptures, and multimedia works based on the history of the Lady Dior handbag collection.”

11.24.11 – Museums Get Fashionable (Miles Socha, WWD)

Harold Koda of The Costume Institute and Pamela Golbin of Les Arts Décoratifs weigh in on the trend of fashion exhibitions in museums, explaining their attraction and success. The article also offers reviews of some recent exhibitions, as well as a list of upcoming ones.

From the article:

““Clearly the critical as well as popular success of the McQueen show suggests that fashion design has a more secure place in the precincts of an art museum,” commented Harold Koda, curator in charge of The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. “What is endlessly fascinating about fashion is that it can be approached and interpreted from so many different angles.…In the end it is about the object: its transformational originality, its details of unequaled technical virtuosity and its incomparably compelling aesthetic.””

11.7.11 – Culture Chanel Exhibition Launches In Beijing (No Author Attributed, Jing Daily)

After passing through Shanghai’s MOCA, “Culture Chanel” has even gone on to show in the National Art Museum of China, becoming one of the most successful fashion exhibitions on the Mainland.

From the article:

“Occupying the entire third floor of NAMoC, the exhibition also included four rooms that could best be described as “outreach-esque.” These rooms, which added greater depth and nuance to the exhibition, included a screening room; an interactive “touch table” where viewers could view “making-of” videos and past Chanel runway shows; a library of vintage Chanel books and important sketches and books by the likes of Picasso and Alexandre Dumas; and finally a sound room, where attendees could enjoy a selection of sound clips from old French films and pieces of classical music.”

7.4.11 – Gone Global: Fashion as Art (Suzy Menkes, New York Times)

A special report on an interesting phenomenon: fashion exhibitions in museums and galleries. I loved McQueen’s Savage Beauty at the MET, and there is nothing better than learning about the history of a truly inspired designer.


From the article:

“Since the seminal book “Marketing Culture and the Arts” by François Colbert, a Canadian professor, appeared in the late 1990s, there is no doubt that fashion has become the big winner and its exhibitions money spinners. At any given moment there are at least a dozen museums across the world offering major fashion displays — not to mention exhibitions in galleries or even department stores.”

5.31.11 – Will Luxury Art Exhibitions Face a Backlash in China? (No Author Attributed, Jing Daily)

Luxury brands collaborate with artists to imbue their brand with a less commercial and more artistic feeling, but because of over-saturation, such collaborations are seeing a bit of a backlash.

From the article:

“Last week, Jing Daily profiled Louis Vuitton’s “Voyages” exhibition, which opened this weekend at the National Museum of China in Beijing and will run through August 30. Marking LV’s 20th anniversary in mainland China, “Voyages” is the second exhibition to be held by the National Museum since its grand re-opening in April. In addition to many rare pieces of Louis Vuitton luggage from the brand’s collection, the exhibition includes a new video installation by the Chinese contemporary artist Zhan Wang (展望).