What could be better than Fashion meeting Art? Wearing beautiful clothes is just as important as wearing beautifully crafted clothes. No one really wants poorly stitched pieces of fabric, and we certainly don't want to be caught wearing bad looking clothes. Art in Fashion can reveal itself just about anywhere. From the sculptural pieces made by Rei Kawabuko (Comme des Garçons) to the explosion of colors and patterns mostly seen since the 1960s, Art and Fashion are merging like never seen before, confirming that indeed, Fashion is Art.
Rei Kawabuko/Comme des Garçons Art of the In-Between show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
The rise of Fashion as an Art form is evidenced by the massive crowds at fashion exhibits. Yes, it helps that these exhibits are set up as amazing storytelling and dazzling displays. The bulk of the story remains that fashion is finally taking its long due place amongst the various forms of Art that we know of.
As head designer of Chloe Lambertin, I know first hand of the relationship that exists between these two forms of craft: I was raised by a fashion designer (aunt and godmother) who loved dressing me in the most amazing -sometimes outlandish- clothes she custom made for me. I attended the Dakar School of Fine Arts concurrently with regular school curriculum and loved drawing figures dressed in the most outrageous and colorful clothes. My art has been long influenced by fabric, whether it has been on oil paintings, or when I paint on silk.
And then, a delicious surprise is when my sense of fashion meets fashion. Here is a photo of art collector and businesswoman Cherine Magrabi in her Santa Monica home, and here are the blue Delft leggings I have in my permanent Chloe Lambertin collection of leggings.
Here is another example of Art meets Fashion, and High End Fashion meeting Chloe Lambertin's sense of Fashion:
What is interesting to me is that I don't get inspired by looking at photos of catwalks and fashion magazines. I let my inspiration speak for itself and start drawing until I am satisfied with what I have achieved. Picking up elements from the street, the current Art trends and Fashion trends is what makes it possible, proving how we are all influenced by the same occurrences in our lives.
In the meantime, happy Art meets Fashion shopping!