IS FASHION ART?
A list, such as, The Met, Alexander McQueen, the Louvre, Feragamo, The Met, Claude Monet, Musée d’Orsay, L’impressionnisme et la Mode, Yves Saint Laurent, the V&A, David Bowie, surely constitutes an “A” List for Fashion As Art. Of course, there are dissenters, including Karl Lagerfeld.
However, as Lagerfeld told the New York Times in 2008, “Art is art. Fashion is fashion. However, Andy Warhol proved that they can exist together.”
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN AT THE MET
FERAGAMOAT THE LOUVRE
Models of the Italian fashion house Salvatore Ferragamo present, in the Denon gallery at the Louvre museum in Paris on June 12, 2012, the 2013 “resort”collection. It is the first time a fashion show takes place in the Louvre following Ferragamo’s sponsoring of the exhibition “Saint Anne, Leonardo da Vinci’s final masterpiece” with the restored masterpiece,”La Vierge et l’enfant avec Sainte Anne” (The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne).
CLAUDE MONET AND OTHERS AT THE MET
Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity presents a revealing look at the role of fashion in the works of the Impressionists and their contemporaries. Some eighty major figure paintings, seen in concert with period costumes, accessories, fashion plates, photographs, and popular prints, highlight the vital relationship between fashion and art during the pivotal years, from the mid-1860s to the mid-1880s, when Paris emerged as the style capital of the world.
Highlights of the exhibition include Monet’s Luncheon on the Grass (1865–66), above, and Women in the Garden (1866), Bazille’s Family Reunion (1867), Bartholomé’s In the Conservatory (circa 1881, paired with the sitter’s dress), and fifteen other key loans from the Musée d’Orsay; Monet’s Camille (1866) from the Kunsthalle, Bremen, Renoir’s Lise (Woman with Umbrella) (1867) from the Museum Folkwang, Essen, and Manet’s La Parisienne (circa 1875) from the Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, which have never before traveled to the United States; Caillebotte’s Paris Street; Rainy Day (1877) and Degas’s The Millinery Shop (circa 1882–86) from the Art Institute of Chicago; Renoir’s The Loge (1874) from The Courtauld Gallery, London; and Cassatt’s In the Loge (1878) from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
DAVID BOWIE AT THE V&A
2013 FASHION SHOWS
Check out a list of 2013 fashion shows.
So what does this topic, “Is Fashion Art?,” have to do with Art in the New Media. In a number of prior posts, we looked at how museums are openly and creatively using the New Media to fufill their mission to make Art accessable. The use of the videos above overwhelinimg shows how this is being done. It is remarkable how museums have made it possible for anyone in the world to access the museum and see exhibitions like the Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty, which attracted over 500,000 individuals who were fortunate enough to see the exhibit in person. Now, through the use of the New Media, others can get a glimpse of it too.