Is Fashion Art? Can Fashion and Art, work together and what would the Result be, of working together?

This question existed for a long time and has always been a debate among the creative crowd. Is fashion art?

Fashion design is actually the art of implementing design and aesthetics together to accentuate the beauty of clothing and accessories. Fashion designs are influenced by culture and social attitudes at the time of inventing each design. Therefore the designs differ and have varied over time and place.

Where art is mostly a product or creation of an emotion or experience, fashion design does include more research. Designers conduct research on fashion trends and then interpret it to their ideas. Fashion designers attempt to design clothes that are functional as well as aesthetically pleasing.

Designing of a garment and how to connect it with art

1. Sketching; some designers sketch their ideas on paper.

2. Colouring or painting these sketches; Colour and patterns can be added through either colour of paint by the designer.

3. Applying texture and other details; these applications are done with the help of different kinds of art materials.

These sketches, or illustrations, is the art of communicating fashion ideas in a visual form and is known as Fashion Sketching.

However, there are fashion designers that will start their design by starting to drape fabric over a dress form. When they are completely satisfied with the drape or fit on the dress form, he or she will contact a professional pattern maker.

The professional pattern maker then makes a working version of the pattern from which a sample garment will be made.

Fashion Illustration has been around for almost 500 years. Ever since clothes have been worn there needed to be an idea or image to translate into a fashion illustration from which a garment could be designed. This also serves as a form of art and showed the presence of hand and art skills.

Finally, different art forms are used during design and finishing of a fashion design garment. And, although it is worn by a person, it suits the same purpose as an art object, drawing the eye and focusing attention on visual enjoyment.

Shopping for Art, an Art in its own right

Buying art for your home can be an adventure in finding the perfect pieces that will be to everybody’s taste. Buying art as a gift can be trickier because not a one persons’ taste is the same when art is involved. Then again, purchasing artwork as an investment can be quite baffling and intimidating.

With so many genres, styles and new artists you would not know whether it is good and if it will mature and gain worth over the years. Also influencing your choice would still be if your purchase will fit in with the existing décor and style of your home.

Assessing a possible art piece’s appeal and worth before purchase

Your first question should be, ‘do I like this?’ Does the piece of art you are looking at, please the eye and does it make you feel good? An art object has to speak to you before taking other factors in the decision making.

What kind of atmosphere should your purchased art evoke? For which room is the art destined? Do you need a peaceful setting or is vibrant and alive a sure requirement. The subject of the artwork should give an indication if it will blend in with the other décor.

A costly artwork should draw attention as a focus point; will this art fulfil this requirement? It should act as a unique point of interest. How much change is needed to achieve this in the room the artwork will reside?

To buy art as a gift, you should proceed with caution. Everybody has a different approach and response to art. Start with something small from a known artist. Know what is in the recipient’s art collection then choose something in a similar style.

Most importantly, always, the piece of art should be enjoyed by all that looks at it. Art is meant to trigger a reaction, to inspire and to draw the eye for a closer look.

The Purpose and Functions of Art throughout the Ages

Art is the expression of the imagination. Art, in its many forms, provides a means to express the things that cannot always be told in the normal conversational methods. Because it has to do with experiencing the mysterious, feeling of balance and rhythm, seeing harmony in things and using basic instincts it is not tied to formality.

Art has had a great number of different functions throughout history and many unique different reasons for the creation of each form.

Reasons for creating art and the different purposes it had to fulfill

1. Symbolic and Ritualistic functions: Many cultures use art in rituals in different forms, such as symbols, decorations and dances.

2. Keeping a record: For example, cave art was an attempt to keep a record of what species of animals have been seen and preserving this knowledge. It is also believed that in painting the animal or sometimes stranger phenomena, the animal will be appeased for being hunted and honoured for being a part of people’s survival, and the hunter will be blessed and safe while hunting.

3. Expressing feelings and fears: Art is a method of depicting innermost feelings and can help in portraying worst fear scenarios to the benefit of the artists and even to the observer of the art.

All the above is unmotivated art, purely for reasons of personal, cultural and maybe survival means. Motivated functions and purposes refer to art that is intentional. It is a conscious act on the part of the artist to communicate a specific intent or goal that said in words might not have the same effect.

Communication: Art is still the simplest form of communication. Regardless of language or culture, most people can understand basic symbols and pictures. Even young children can figure out a picture.

Entertainment: Art can bring about certain emotions and set the mood for purposes of relaxing and entertaining. Motion pictures are a good example of this.

Art for Change: Through art, political or human rights movements, uses visual images to bring about changes for the better.

Art for social questions: The function of this type of art may simply be to criticise some aspect of society. Spray paint graffiti and other street art are good examples.

Art for psychological and healing purposes: Art is used by therapists and psychologists as therapy. Through drawings, the personality and emotional functioning of a patient can be determined; while the drawing of the pictures are said to be therapeutic to the patient.

These are only a few of the many possible purposes that art has. From decades before, art was the earliest form of preserving knowledge, before the written word, and still communicate through just being art. It is said: “A picture is worth a thousand words”, and art do speak its own language.