Art takes many shapes and many forms. There are so many different types of art, in point of fact, that it’s difficult to find two people who agree on exactly what art even is. If nothing else, however, most people seem to agree that art is something you create. Past that, it’s all a matter of opinion and conjecture. Does art need to be meaningful? Is it okay if art is simply pretty? Does one thing or another count as art, or doesn’t it?
The conversations and arguments could go on and on forever and ever. This gets even more interesting when it comes to the art we wear. When people think of wearable art, they often think of jewelry. To be fair, jewelry is absolutely art. The amount of skill and talent it takes to turn bits of metal and shiny rocks into beautiful pieces of fashion decoration can not be denied, and most people will agree that it requires at least some amount of artistic skill to make nice looking jewelry.
However, jewelry isn’t the only kind of wearable art out there on the market. Most people would never consider other types of clothing or wearable objects to be art, but that may be because they’ve never heard about the various styles that are involved.
Fashion As Artwork
When people talk about fashion, very rarely do they refer to it as an art style. Yet the simple truth is that fashion is absolutely a type of art. Think about it in terms of what art is supposed to be. For most people, art represents an attempt to express yourself, to make a point of something or another about your own personality. It also represents an attempt to make something that’s eye catching, either pleasing to the eye or jarring.
Fashion absolutely covers those things. When people try to figure out interesting fashion, what they’re doing it attempting to express themselves. The choice of shirt with the choice of pants, the choice of a skirt or leggings, the choice of one color over another all combine in order to make a statement about a person’s own opinions and personality. Whether a person prefers a great deal of the color red, or a great deal of the color blue, that says something about them, and they’re showing the world that aspect of themselves.
This gets even more obvious when you consider everything that goes into fashion design. Simple clothing choice is absolutely an art style, but fashion design elevates that art style into the realm of painters and sculptors. Putting pencil to paper and drawing out the various patterns, colors, and cuts of fabric that all make up a particular article of clothing requires nothing less than the same attention to detail and knowledge of color and patterns as any other artist.
Artistry In Accessorizing
Very few people would deny that the creation of jewelry is a type of art. Again, it takes a certain amount of skill and talent to be able to take pieces of metal and bits of shiny rock and plastic, and turn it into something that look appealing. So trying to argue with people that jewelry creation is artwork is generally a bit silly. Even if they don’t agree, most people will, so there’s no point to trying to convince someone they’re wrong if they don’t.
However, jewelry as art goes above and beyond the simple creation of it. There’s a certain artistry to the choice of how to accessorize the jewelry along with the fashion choices you’re making. If choosing specific clothing styles, colors, and patterns is a type of art, then the types of accessories you put along with them is absolutely art, as well. Some people will use bracelets, while other people will use necklaces. There are brooches, tiaras, and all manner of different jewelry pieces that may or may not go with any particular clothing options.
The color of the jewelry is an obvious aspect of whether or not it goes with a particular article of clothing, but the cut and style of the jewelry is just as important. Does the neckline of your shirt require a short necklace, or a longer necklace? Do you want loose, hanging bracelets with your sleeves, or do you want tight bracelets that adhere closely to your wrists?
The plain and simple truth is that wearable art is an ever growing, changing field. Trying to say that clothing and style choices aren’t artwork is just plain silly. There’s an obvious artistry when it comes to the choices you make in terms of clothing styles, and anyone claiming otherwise just hasn’t been paying attention. That’s not even getting into the artistry of creating clothes! Truly, the art world is a vast and interesting place!