I enjoy fashion, and often feel regret later, this is a synergistic bond with the art world over the last century. From the cubist motifs of Art Deco dresses to the simple expressions revealed in clothing two decades after the movement ended, art and fashion are proving to be less exotic friends and more passionate lovers who sometimes don’t get along. Whether art or fashion is the catalyst, it should be noted that fashion has always been driven by art and always inspired while the alternative is reminiscent of the horror of Patrick Nagel in the late 1970s / early 1980s who somehow still manages to find wall space in the present. Campus style hair salons everywhere.
Enter the modern era, when art defies branding norms and distorts boundaries to the brink of extinction. What fashion borrows from art today is derivative and often direct. As the art world developed, so did the fashion industry. The inclusion of avant-garde art in the field of acceptance as an influence on fashion has nothing to do with consumerism and it all has to do with the claim to personalize the elements that make up art itself. From social commentary to today’s political landscape, the feelings expressed in art find their way into the coffers of the underprivileged. What was born in the back of the mind and achieved in an artistic way can now be worn on the back of the shirt. Previously you did not have the option for self-expression which was very influential, insightful, and available.
Fashion it self has been a major destination for thousands of years. From the long-dead gold-plated crusader armor to the red or blue handkerchiefs that show belonging to today’s gangs, fashion expresses every emotion known to mankind, yet none as exciting as conflict. Perhaps the expression of anti-complacency that arises in art will enter the world of fashion in preparation for another kind of struggle, in which the individual criticizes the current social injustice and political perversion.