Thursday, March 3, 2011

What IS Fashion?

Last night I watched "Exit Through the Gift Shop," a film that tells the story of Thierry Guetta and his obsession with street art.  From a chance encounter with his cousin, space invader, to his introduction to a host of other artists, and finally, eventual fame as a street artist, the film follows Guetta's obsession with the underground art world.  The lingering questioning at the end of the film is whether or not Guetta is in fact a street artists...

I'm sure that, what ever is happening with Galliano at Dior had something to do with it, but, when the film ended, I began applying that question to fashion - trends, ones personal style, etc.  Then this morning, I had a reminiscing session with a friend about just how "tragic" we dressed back in the day.

So I pose a question:  What is fashion, anyway?

Is fashion a double breasted suit with a crisp white oxford, bow tie, and spit shined monk-strap dress shoes?  OR, is fashion a pair of jeans, a logo tee and a pair of casual shoes?  Which one is more real?  Which one falls more into the "fashionable" column?  Who defines that column?

How does that relate to Thierry Guetta?  Well, Guetta had no vision, no artistic ability, no identity...he simply had a passion for street art and would do anything to be a part of it.  Fashion, IS part of everyone's life, and I personally think that fashion is whatever you want it to be, whatever you feel most comfortable in; fashion helps create identity, and allows for individual artistic expression.

I don't really know where this idea is going, just thought it was interesting. :-)

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