” Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful “
– Sophia Loren –
Fashion is an art to me. Although some may disagree with me, I say to myself whenever I see someone who is dressed with refinement elegance: “How can that not be an art?”
When I say that ‘fashion is art’, I think of art not in its conventional sense but in a modern one.
Let me clarify:
In the conventional meaning, art refers to “painting, sculpture, drawing, print or building made with unusual skill and inspirations by a person with specialized training to produce such works” (Anne D’Alleva, <How to write Art History>). La Grande Odalisque by Ingres or Les Demoiselles d’Avignon by Picasso would be great examples of art in that sense.
In contrast, art in a modern sense is more comprehensive and flexible. That is, anything can be an art as long as the artist intentionally gives it a particular meaning, whether or not the viewer picks up the message that artist was trying to convey. The message may be political, social, or even very personal. For example, I could crinkle up a piece of paper and call it an art, which represents the damage that has been done to the innocence of child. Or I could bring a jar of jam and call it an art, which symbolises the people in 21c who are all jammed up.
Now that I have stated what art is for me, I will talk more about my belief that ‘fashion is art.’
Even though most of us might not realise, when we get up in the morning and get ready to go outside, we make choices on the outfit, jewellery, and shoes that represent who we are in the best way possible. At this very moment people put an extra effort to represent and to distinguish themselves from others, they give meanings to those objects they choose and therefore they do art. Borrowing the power of fashion, they not only elevate their own values but also send clear messages about who they are.
Fashion is an art that can be applied to our human bodies to distinguish ourselves from others. It is a spokesperson for all of us and enables us to say who we are without verbal expressions. It’s the art of everyday life.