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Menswear | Art in Fashion

Is

Fashion Really

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A R T

Mark Graham writes about how modern art influences today’s designers, resulting in what some would see as wearable art There have been many debates over this age-old question, with designers such as John Varvatos determined that fashion is indeed a form of art, while the likes of Marc Jacobs and Comme Des Garçons are seated resolutely on the opposite side of the fence. Although this difference of opinion may never be resolved, there is no denying the massive influence art has had on fashion over the years. From 14 EILE Magazine

inspired ideas and almost blatant plagiarism, to direct collaborations and capsule collections, the relationship between art and fashion has grown exponentially ever since Dali and Schiaparelli’s famous Lobster Dress in 1937. Now, more than ever, modern art can be seen in current fashion trends across the high street stores and designer menswear collections, exquisitely composed on a human-shaped canvas. The inclusion of limited edition

pieces in numerous campaigns adds a unique feel synonymous with a work of art, as does the individually numbered items that labels such as Common Projects now often offer. However, it is not only modern art’s painters that have influenced men’s fashion. The extensive use of iconic photography on t-shirts, and the sculptural shapes in sportswear and athletic clothing collections have also helped mould the identity of menswear in recent years.

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