Fashion IS Art

When asked by Connie Ng of FASHION Magazine about her heroes, inspirations and influences designer and Project Runway Canadacontestant Jessica Biffi replied, “Visionaries like Galliano and McQueen because their designs transcend pieces of sewn cloth.”

Her response reminded me of an internal conversation/debate that I’ve been having with myself since I watched The Devil Wears Pradaa few months ago and was re-invigorated by Morley Safer’s piece for 60 Minuteson Anna Wintour.

Fashion, at least to me, is more than something one puts on their back to protect themselves from the elements or to cover their naughty bits.

It is more than just the indulgence of the superficial.

Fashion is also more than a mere adornment and is more than just a label, or an expertly sewn piece of cloth.  Fashion is art and it is the most beautiful kind of art because it is public art that the owner gets to wear and show the world. 

And I’m not just talking about haute couture.  I’m also talking about ready-to-wear and even mass produced pieces from stores like H & M.

Think of it: out of nothing came this gorgeous something.  Out of nothing came the idea, the sketch, the pattern, the fabric, the cut, the embellishments (whether it’s beads, feathers, sequins or Swarovski crystals, the chain, the outfit.

What do you think?  Do you feel fashion is art?  Or are they just clothes?



About Septembre

Septembre Anderson is a passionate journalist, cultural critic and public intellectual. Her work has appeared in Flare, FASHION Magazine,, Complex Canada, Vice Canada and Huffington Post Canada.
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