Fashion as Art?

Art: n. A visual object or experience consciously created through an expression of skill and imagination. (Encyclopaedia Britannica)

Is fashion art? If we base ourselves on the above definition, then it is safe to surmise that yes, it is. While traditional definitions of art have been challenged over time to include contemporary forms of art, namely video, and installations, if there is still any doubt as to whether fashion deserves inclusion into the spectrum, the gradual increase of exhibitions showcasing the work of couturiers here and abroad testifies to its legitimacy as an art form.

It’s certainly refreshing to see renowned art institutions pay tribute to the aesthetic contributions of the fashion world, whether it be a retrospective of Yves Saint Laurent’s career spanning 40 years, a showcase of the wardrobe of one enduring 1950s style icon, or a melding of fashion and architecture, as shown through the recent exhibition of the intricate works of Quebec fashion virtuoso Denis Gagnon. And with more exhibitions of the like to come—the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is slated to showcase Jean Paul Gaultier next—is it still necessary to ponder the question?

Photos via, and froufrouu

4 Responses to “Fashion as Art?”
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