I am an artist and I love fashion. This is a common aspect in the interfusion of the two fields, the inverse, where fashion designers apply fine art principals to their practice, is also where designers begin their engagement with art. I pursued Issey Miyake as a study of how fashion and art perform as one in the same, since he rejected the label of fashion designer and worked using a fine art sensibility to produce art/clothing that are both conceptual and innovative. I also just l o v e this photo from A-POC (an acronym for A Piece Of Cloth).

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This concept, is based on a single industrially produced, tubular piece of fabric, that can be cut by the wearer to create a custom outfit, ingeniously negating the need for seams. According to Miyake’s website, where the discourse of his artistry over design is significant, “His process explores the fundamental relationship between the body, the cloth that covers it, and the space and room that is created between these elements…” Issey Miyake’s creative process is set in motion by studying a single thread, from there he creates his material and then the garment.

In this sense, the lines are blurred where fashion and art are concerned. Miyake has also been cited in seeing the material value of his medium, cloth, by cutting it as little as possible to preserve it’s integrity.
In question of whether fashion could be considered art, Diana Vreeland, the former editor of Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue has insisted, “art has to do with something totally spiritual. It is a very remarkable, extraordinary thing… Fashion has to do with daily life… Fashion has a physical vitality while the vitality of art is not so tangible. ” In most cases, criticism for fashion as art, is related to it’s profit-making, transitory and functional nature. Which seems fair, however then we remember Andy Warhol (snap). ­­

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Miyake’s work centre’s on the performance of wearing the garment; the experience of the wearer and the viewer, which has parallels in conceptual art. Furthermore, Miyake’s use of technology, research and environmentally sustainable designs, caters to the modern world and reflects theses issues in society, which is the role of art, as a cultural reflector and benefactor.

Sources:

Yuli, B, 2010. Fashion Design & Collaborations: An Investigation of the Collaborations between Fashion Designers/Brands and Artists.  http://www.academia.edu/5217916/FASHION_DESIGN_AND_ART_COLLABORATIONS_AN_INVESTIGATION_OF_THE_COLLABORATIONS_BETWEEN_FASHION_DESIGNERS_BRANDS_AND_ARTISTS. Viewed 23 August 2014

Berry, J 2014 Week 2: Fashion, Aesthetics & Art – an overview, accessed 22 August 2014, https://bblearn.griffith.edu.au/bbcswebdav/pid-1010409-dt-content-rid-2625160_1/courses/2432QCA_3145_SB/Course%20Content/Week%202%20Fashion%2C%20Aesthetics%20%26%20Art/wk%202%20fashion%20as%20art.pdf

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Images:

Issey Miyake A-POC 1998, viewed 25 August 2014

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Andy Warhol, Tomato Soup Dress 1966/67, viewed 25 August 2014

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