What?: The Dress, nothing else to say.
When?: Till September 22 2013.
Where?: Mona Bismarck American Center for Art and Culture, Paris.
Curator: André Leon Talley and organized by SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design).
Everybody knows this iconic fashion piece, but I think only fashion lovers know that André Leon Talley is a unique fashion editor. Now, we can enjoy beautiful dresses and discovering a fascinating person through his vision of fashion in this exhibit.
Please, read this article Suzy Menkes wrote about the exhibition: The Colorful History of the Little Black Dress.
Dress designing is creative, but it is not an art. Fashion designers make clothes and they have to sell them. We have less creative freedom than artists. But to be honest, whether fashion is art or whether even art is art doesn’t really interest me. Maybe nothing is art. Who cares!
Dress designing is to me not a profession but an art. I found it was a most difficult and unsatisfying art, because as soon as the dress is born it has already become a thing of the past…A dress has no life of it’s own unless it is worn, and as soon as this happens, another personality takes over from you and animates it, or tries to, glorifies it or destroys it, or makes it into a song of beauty. More often it becomes an indifferent, or even a pitiful caricature of what you wanted it to be…A dream, an expression
Is fashion art? I think it’s sometimes very creative, but I’m not sure I would call it art; that’s pushing it a bit. I certainly don’t think fashion photography is art, because if it is art, it’s probably not doing its job …