That I’m just a bit tired of hearing that fashion is all a question of business. Yes, of course fashion is a business, but this business feeds of visions, imagination and something that has nothing to do with the product. We don’t sell fire extinguishers, band-aids or termal blanckets. We don’t make usuful things that doesn’t request an aesthetic action.
|Ming Xi photographed by Nick Knight for V Magazine #71 2011
Here 7 good reasons.
Every style is closely connected to the personal life and inner thoughts of the designer. Because we are speaking about dreams and visions, the designer’s collection is a kind of visual stoyboard of his story, the way of thinking and interpreting the world, the day-to-day experiences. For example happiness and irony can be translated into the creations of designers like Elio Fiorucci, Jeremy Scott or Agatha Ruiz de la Prada. Or the disturbing sense of discomfort and the breathless research of something absolutely and purely beautiful can be read into the collections of Lee Alexander McQueen or Gareth Pugh. So if you want to express the most intimate part of yourself, become a fashion designer. And don’t be afraid to show your sensibility!
|Alexander McQueen 1998
We live in a society of constrictions, laws, rules, words that we cannot say and things that we cannot do. A world that often sacrifices creativity in favor of a more rational and responsive way to behave. Fashion, thought as form of pure art, can be our safety valve not to explode. As an artist, a kind of mature child, the designer can leave his creativity free, can explore imaginative places and subvert the strict rules of what is pre-established without being considered a fool.
|“A naked Safari” by Tom Vanderborght
|Betsey Johnson after her show, 2011
|manipulation of Stan Polito’s original photo