Can Fashion Be Art Too?

Stage costumes for The Magic Flute (Chagall Fantasies...LACMA) (1)

Dance Costume Created by Marc Chagall for The Magic Flute

Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage (LACMA)

When a writer creates a story for a reader sometimes the last thing they think of is an aesthetic appeal. But when the subjects they’re writing about are highly visual, and they’re writing for those with a creative eye, it’s paramount. That doesn’t mean images take precedence over text, it just means both get equal billing. The easiest and most effective, way to achieve that and totally wow the reader to boot is with a comparison.

A Graceful Gift Fans From The Mona Lee Nesseth Collection (74)

Fan: A Graceful Gift: Fans from the Mona Lee Nesseth Collection (FIDM)

With the writing providing the background, the photos can then provide the sensory element. Whether the piece is published for a traditional print publication or the internet the overall layout needs to be organized well enough to catch a reader’s eye initially, then stay within their imaginations after they’ve read it. That usually means plenty of white space, a pleasing font, clear, attractive photographs or illustrations, and informative captions.

Dapper Day Vintage Outfit Art Collage

See the Hottest Art-Inspired Looks to Hit the Runways for Spring 2018 by Max Berlinger, https://news.artnet.com/art-world/art-fashion-spring-summer-fashion-week-1105514, (October 5, 2017) a catwalk profile about how designers at Christian Dior, Marni, Calvin Klein, Prada, Undercover, Akris, Coach, Comme des Garcons and Oscar de la Renta were inspired by various artists, is a visual feast marrying art and fashion. Shown with a photo of each artist’s work, before the clothing designs, the literary experience provided is unforgettable, gratifying and seamless.

Written in short, digestible sections, the palettes and patterns of the art and clothing actually show how close both fields are. While it’s not clear that Andy Warhol intended for his Tunafish Disaster (1963) to ever be translated into dresses, Raf Simons of Calvin Klein designed them as if he did.

Jill Manoff, Editor-in-Chief of Glossy Media Proves Fashion Can Be Profound

Jessica, Ronald Reagan International Trade Building, Washington, DC

Jessica, Ronald Reagan International Trade Building, Washington, D.C.

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Jill Manoff: Doing Her Job

Glossy Media’s Editor-in-Chief, Jill Manoff, is a very accomplished writer who reports on a variety of fashion and retail-related subjects for the online publication Glossy. In the past year, while her articles, London Fashion Week Recap: Exits big statements and the joy of sex; OH at the Glossy Summit: ‘You can’t rely on influencers’; What retailers think about the store of the future; and Inside The Dreslyn’s small-is-beautiful approach to e-commerce impressed me with their depth and organization, her February 11, 2018 article, NYFW Daily Recap: Female empowerment is the weekend’s resounding theme (https://www.glossy.c./fashion-calendar/nyfw-daily-recap-female-empowerment-is-the-weekends-resounding-theme) gave me more additional insight than the others.

Well-written and strong, it was a pleasure to read and mentally tag along with Manoff as she encountered different fashion shows and personalities. One of the most fascinating was Jill Stuart’s “presentation at the National Arts Club where artists, musicians and actresses” lounged around in a contemporary salon.

Included, within the piece, in the Discussed section is Glossy‘s weekly podcast featuring Celine Semaan, “CEO and designer of the sustainable fashion and accessories brand Show Factory.” Throughout the 21 minute and 53-second podcast she talked about transparent manufacturing, a new library of sustainable materials, and human rights.

The accompanying photographs Manoff posted on her Instagram page, from NYFW (New York Fashion Week), are sophisticated, elegant and uncluttered. A white dress, shown with black stockings, by Tibi, reveals her personal taste and editorial talent. Eclectic and witty, through two of her posts she even confesses her love for jumpsuits by posting a photo of a striped one, by dvf (Diane von Furstenberg) next to its avant-garde mate on display at MOMA (Museum of Modern Art).

Conclusively this article impacted me because, it is as eloquent as a print version, and it didn’t shy away from subjects like empowerment, the runway debate, sustainable fashion, and diversity.