In modern life, where everything changes ever so immensely and our digital era contributes to the transformation of almost everything, from relationships to science, there is still something that remains pure to its purpose, that is art and fashion. Human imagination, feelings, vision and thoughts are expressed through art and fashion in our popular culture today.
It is undoubtable the fact that,in our era, we have a plethora of choices to express ourselves and develop our creativity, and fashion as an art sector came to conquer the neoliberal world. Thus, it is all about vision. You imagine a world and all of a sudden you make it real. It is, therefore, the expression of our inner selves and our personal style and interpretation of reality. This latter statement of realisation came into my mind when I visited London College of Fashion last week, to attend a talk, titled the Transfashional Lab.
Here is the entrance of London College of Fashion. It is stunning isn’t it ?
In particular, this seminar illustrated the different ways in which fashion and art influenced Austian, Polish and British culture. All of the lecturers have respectable positions at Museums as curators, eg. Victoria & Albert museum, or others derived from the fashion industry and the publishing sector, eg. Elle magazine, Vogue etc. I was so happy for being there, and had the chance to see them and talk to them regarding the history of fashion.
What really impressed me, in the third round of the talk, was that in London, fashion and nightclubbing have had a complementary relationship, all of those years. The nightlife in London especially in the 1970s was characterized by the punk fashion phenomenon, as all the nightclubs were full of ‘punk’ Londoners. At this specific time one of the most well known and fabulous british designers in our era, was a messiah and a pioneer in the 70’s, this was Vivienne Westwood. She was one of the architecs of the punk fashion phenomenon and through her creations she was trying to make a statement in the concurrent regime in some way.
It was years later, in 1981-1982 when Westwood made her first catwalk show, called ‘Pirates’. In ‘Pirates’, she was inspired from native Americans, the plundering history and the Third World. That is the reason why she created historical dresses and from that moment in her career she developped ethnic cutting techniques which are based on rectangles. Check out some photos that I took during the Talk regarding Westwood!
Westwood’s clothes express a dynamic combination with the body and she continues to integrate this in with historical cuts.
As a consequence of this example, we can see that fashion is influenced by history, the ordinary lives of the people, the different eras, the gestures and the movements, in other words fashion is culture and the creation of art is the highest purpose of a designer, a painter, or any other kind of artist.
Take another look at more photos form the Talk! I hope you like them! XOXO Vogueaddictedgirl!