“One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art”. The quotation comes from Oscar Wilde, who was a connoisseur of style. With a good chance he was referring to the ability to be dressed in a manner appropriate to the situation, with clothes of good tailoring and elegant lines in an era where clothes were made to measure and details, such as stitching and finishing, were a distinctive note of class, wealth and good taste. Clothes were real masterpieces sewn by artisans who led their own items as a sculptor would with marble.
But times change and fashion is now became fully part of arts, played just like other disciplines, by the subjectivity of designer. Yet it is precisely the ability of designers to create masterpieces on fabric instead of canvas has meant that more and more fashion draws from art, the one made of images, brushes and mosaics, then the words of Oscar Wilde takes on a different concreteness where the term wear must be meant and interpreted in the strictest sense of the word. Photos, paintings, pictures, prints, it seems that you can touch them and that will not look out of place in a living room or brighten with art on the walls of a gallery, move on meters of fabrics used exactly as large canvases. Landscapes, mosaics, views, collecting the vanguard of artistic moves with ease from the closet to human body that becomes support like a tripod.
Because of this contamination graphic creative and designer increasingly cross the demarcation line creating images to wear: as Mary Katrantzou, a young Greek designer now completely devoted to the fashion world, as well as creating architectural heads produces collections for exposure where natural landscapes and skyline citizens stand on the whole figure. And given that Italy is the undisputed home of art and culture, fashion designer Antonio Marras produces garments that resemble walls adorned by flowers: watching his creations is like watching the balconies in a city that is not ours, nose up. From Dolce&Gabbana come instead votive clothes with true icons of Byzantine style on dresses, skirts and blouses: mosaics to wear.
The clothes made as works of art, perhaps tailored, dedicated or maybe in pieces, still exist – for the chosen few, of course. Alternatively you choose the (artistic) style preferred and you wear it, and if the eyes of others are focused on your dress is normal, the world needs so much beauty.