Get It Now. Fashion IS Modern Art

May 20, 2008 • Fashion


Jacqueline Zenn for Second City Style Magazine

I’ve always viewed fashion as a form of art in and of itself;
however, lately I’ve been seeing prints and silhouettes that remind of
me of a more conventional type of art. More specifically, they are
reminiscent of the work of Spanish luminaries like Picasso, Salvador Dali, and Joan Miró. Of course, fashion designers drawing inspiration from artists is hardly a new concept – big names like Paul Poiret (cubism) and Elsa Schiaparelli (surrealism) referenced modern art constantly.
Furthermore, these are some investment-worthy pieces – besides their
timeless appeal, (there is a reason those artists are so renowned),
they are stand-alone showstoppers that only require the most basic of

This simple shift dress by Vivienne Tam (for Anthropologie)
is probably the most obvious example of the trend, since it is
literally painted in broad brushstrokes of inky black and ruby red.
There is also something quite painterly about the swirls of blue and
yellow on this Black Halo dress, and the bold colors would
definitely make an impact. Dramatic prints like these tend to be
flattering as well – the eye is drawn to the movement of the lines
instead of your perceived flaws.

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