Thinking of art, we typically imagine fine art, paintings, and sculptures. Sometimes it seems that we are forgetting the variety that comes from additional forms such as decorative or applied art. Fashion accompanies us every day. It is so common to us, that considering it in terms of art is rare. While basic t-shirts from clothes racks don't bring art to mind, history proved multiple times that fashion meets art.
The main argument for fashion being a form of art is the creative process behind the creation of it. Mass production of fast fashion is not conducive to creativity and therefore we are so lucky to have independent designers. The greatest, most beautiful garments start from the inspiration and creative thought. Designers surely know how to think out of the box, how to surprise and revolutionise fashion. Just like art in the popular understanding of the term, fashion can reflect, but also change our times proving that aesthetic is not utterly static.
Fashion is a special form of art that coexists with people and is enrichened by them. For that reason, it can be considered as applied art – it fully comes into full of charm, once seen in movement, well suited to the personality of the user. A person and a garment together can create unforgettable dynamic.
Many argue that fashion is particularly difficult to discuss in terms of art because it incorporates multiple forms of it. Fashion and art collide on a variety of levels like construction of the garment resembling sculpting, planning of the layout of decorative stones done with the level of detail equal to the intricate mosaics, creation of delightful, often hand-painted patterns.
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Perhaps, the problematic position of fashion in relation to art will never be fully established and understood. Regardless of the belief that fashion is or is not an art, as long as it brings joy to people – designers find it worth of constant developing and crossing the borders of alleged ordinarity.