One of the most shocking moments in Project Runway history was when Nina Garcia declared, “Fashion is not Art. Stores are not museums. You go to stores to buy clothes. You do not go to stores to look at clothes.” Seriously? Her fashion credentials should have been revoked then and there. Also her membership in the sisterhood. Has she never gone window-shopping? Has she never gone “shopping” with her friends just to look?
Marc Jacobs also declared that fashion is not art, though his argument was more cogent and fully-formed. “Fashion to me is not art because it is only valid if it is lived in and worn. I make clothes and bags and shoes for people to use, not to put up on a wall and look at. I think clothes in a museum are complete death. I have seen exhibitions of the clothes of Jackie Kennedy and I am not interested in her wardrobe. I am interested in the life and the women who wore those clothes.”
Of course, the answer to that question depends on how you would answer the question “What is art” If you define it as static and inviolate objects separate from function and use, then fashion cannot be art. If you define it as the combination of craft and materials in a creative expression of ideas about form and function, then fashion is clearly an art. I think, however, that one Alexander McQueen dress is also a definitive proof that fashion is art.
Monica Outlander of MiaMai also answers that question in the affirmative with her Black Label collections. This year’s collection was released in an amazing event that drew together Second Life photographers, dancers, artists and other performers in an art experience called The Golden Thread.
From poetry to ballet to fire-dancing and so much more, Second Life performance artists added their art to her art in a extravaganza of creativity, color and beauty.
Monica’s designs for this season carry forward themes from the past and add new elements. We continue to see her exploration of form and shape with skintight leggings and body suits and exaggerated shoulders and collars. Beautiful hand-painted threads are inset, traveling the length of the body to highlight shape and draw the eye upward to where she ventures into more wild abandon.
Organic elements are incorporated into her designs, leaves and flowers and vines abound.
Monica Outlander’s work is a full-fledged embrace of fashion as art. To my mind, there really is no other answer than yes, fashion is art and her work is proof.
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Poses: Del May
Skin: -Glam Affair – Mokatana skin – America 08
-Glam Affair – Mokatana – Moles 2
Eyes: [UMEBOSHI] Eon eyes Duo Green (med)
Mani/Pedi: SLink Mesh Hands & Feet with FLAIR mani applier
Clothing: Miamai_BL_Titania Headpiece Black
Shoes: [LeeZu!] Havasu Falls Ankle Boots /black
Jewelry: (Kunglers Extra) Deorum – Silver ring
Location: MiaMai Golden Thread Venue