Friday, April 15, 2011

Wearable Art

I am a huge fan of art.  I'm not a great artist myself, so I just admire instead.

There are many different forms of art.  The obvious ones (and the ones I'm not great at) come to mind first: painting, drawing, sculpting.  Then there are acting, singing, playing an instrument, dancing, creative writing, fashion, and many more...  (Yes, I included fashion in there.)  I have always found the idea that if you're interested in fashion, you obviously have no brain, completely annoying.  Fashion, besides being an avenue of self expression, is in my opinion, a very important form of art.  It's wearable art.  Art we can see and appreciate every single day.

Throughout history, fashion has told us what was happening in the world at that time.  Whether it was the very romantic and extravagant style of Marie Antoinette, the prim and proper, totally covered style of the Victorian era, the ankle and arm-baring, fringe-covered style of the roaring twenties, the dark and serious fashions of the '40s, or the peace and love era clothing of the 1960s and '70s, fashion has always told us a story.

Today we see lots of military-inspired looks, which echo the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, like these from Burberry:





This Fall, fashion has also gone very retro.  This can be attributed to simple things like a resurgence in popularity of music from days gone by.  The Beatles Rockband and the release of remastered albums has a hand in this.  It can also be attributed to the popularity of shows like the show Mad Men.  Seen here is Prada:






 And Louis Vuitton:





 And as always, romance is big again this season.  Hey, romance is always in fashion, right?

Oscar De La Renta

Elie Saab

Marchesa


But of course, all of the above are just what a few designers (artists) envisioned for this season.  The great thing about fashion is that it's left up to each individual to decide how they want to represent themselves.  You don't have to have a lot of money to have a great sense of fashion, or to express yourself.  What will your Fall wardrobe say about you?

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