As I have semi touched on in other blog posts, fashion is something that I link to a lot of interests of mine but I don’t quite think I have honed in on the idea of fashion as art.
Art has always played a large part in my life. I remember my mum sending me to specialist art classes when I was barely the age of five. At the time I didn’t realise she had been told to send me to these classes as I showed promising ability but I do remember being only given a pencil and paper and told to use nature around us to create something unique. I have a vivid memory of creating something by placing the paper on a variety of bark and rubbing my pencil over it and being astounded by the idea of art and nature being cohesive.
I remember my dad buying me a kids art magazine when I was learning to read and reading about Van Gogh. I fell in love with his vivid and mesmerising works as I was attracted to the strong colours he used and learning that art isn’t restrictive.
Every few years when my family would travel to England to visit family I remember driving from Epsom to the country where my Uncle and Aunt live. They lived in the middle of nowhere tucked away in a picturesque English cottage, with stereotypical exposed beams and a flourishing garden that went as far as the eyes can see. I remember walking into my Uncle’s studio and being blown away by his models of tanks he constructed and also the paintings he had done over the years of his surroundings.
More recently I remember going to the Monet art gallery last year in Paris and almost being moved to tears. In that moment I was in one of my favourite cities surrounded by artworks created by my all time favourite artist, which was a really overwhelming moment for me.
The stories are endless of how art has impacted my life as it continues to inspire, motivate and add flourishes of colour to my days. As I become more daring and expressive with my fashion choices it translates into how I dress. I hate the idea that having an interest in fashion means that someone is shallow. Fashion is an artistic process as people’s ideas come to life, with the same amount of artistic expression going into clothes as a piece of pottery or a painting.
This outfit below reminds me of one of the first artworks I studied in school. Ms Burrows was my year 3 teacher who had bright red hair, an arm filled with clanking bangles and an only black wardrobe. She introduced us to The Dessert: Harmony in Red (The Red Room) by Henri Matisse with its climbing vines and red setting. Some of you might see this as a bit of a stretch, but it conjures similar feelings for me 🙂
Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.
– Coco Chanel
Fashion is so close in revealing a person’s inner feelings and everybody seems to hate to lay claim to vanity so people tend to push it away. It’s really too close to the quick of the soul.
– Stella Blum