Fashion as Art, Art as Fashion

Here’s a video that might interest Peksies and PB: Colliding Forces

Colliding Forces

“Fashion can qualify as art when it’s done at the highest level. But I don’t think it’s exclusive just to fashion, I guess it’s true to the practice of law, or engineering, or… bicycle riding.” ā€” Tom Sachs.

Take that! All those research papers — ART! And again…

“I love fashion when it makes you feel sexy; I hate it when it makes you feel fat for not having it.” ā€” Tom Sachs.

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2 thoughts on “Fashion as Art, Art as Fashion

  1. This is going to be rather long, but I thought Oscar Wilde, the epitome of flamboyance might have something worth while to say about Art. What do you think?

    The artist is the creator of beautiful things. To reveal art and conceal the artist is art’s aim. The critic is he who can translate into another manner or a new material his impression of beautiful things.

    The highest as the lowest form of criticism is a mode of autobiography. Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault.

    Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only beauty.

    There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.

    The nineteenth century dislike of realism is the rage of Caliban seeing his own face in a glass.

    The nineteenth century dislike of romanticism is the rage of Caliban not seeing his own face in a glass. The moral life of man forms part of the subject-matter of the artist, but the morality of art consists in the perfect use of an imperfect medium. No artist desires to prove anything. Even things that are true can be proved. No artist has ethical sympathies. An ethical sympathy in an artist is an unpardonable mannerism of style. No artist is ever morbid. The artist can express everything. Thought and language are to the artist instruments of an art. Vice and virtue are to the artist materials for an art. From the point of view of form, the type of all the arts is the art of the musician. From the point of view of feeling, the actor’s craft is the type. All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol do so at their peril. It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors. Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the artist is in accord with himself. We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely.

    All art is quite useless.

  2. saythefword on said:

    jo here. i’m probably going to leave this for sean or pek to answer, really — i don’t feel very qualified to comment on the purpose of art.

    as an aside, i do think wilde would have approved of the way i see things sometimes, even though my tendencies aren’t on all fours with what the aesthetic movement stood for.

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