Thursday, June 30, 2011

High-Fashion Design

The image below was included in an advertisement for the de Young Museum in San Francisco, California. This location houses over 130 pieces of Haute Couture clothing created by the late Yves Saint Laurent. His creations were known to blend art with pop culture and an innovative touch.

My initial thought after looking at this design was who in their right mind would wear something like that and where are they going in it!  A notation explained that this piece was actually created as a wedding dress. I think the idea is very inventive and cool for a gasp effect from an audience when it’s going down a runway. But, how would that translate into real life if you wore it walking down the street. I think most people might think you were crazy. Whereas in a fashion setting, it would be considered high-level wearable art.

On Project Runway a few years ago, the designers were presented with a challenge to create clothing made solely out of materials from a gardening store. One interesting thing I remembered about that episode was that three designers chose to work mostly with grass and purple flowers. After reading Reynolds notes on simple color combinations, I wonder if they took the complementary color scheme into consideration to show off a strong presentation.

The creations were amazing to look at because of the effort and imagination that went into producing them. Would you wear it out in public? That’s questionable, but the concept is truly fascinating.

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  1. Chris,

    Your insight is awesome on this art work. On a side note, I don't think its street/casual wear.

    In regards to the complimentary colors, I definitely think it works well here and in the model's favor.

  2. Chris,

    I love Project Runway! My favorite task is always the one where they have to create clothing out of food or I think one year they did newspapers. The contestants are extremely creative! As someone that does not really follow high fashion or trends that much when I see images from a runway I always question what the designer was thinking. But in all honesty, those creative thinkers are the ones that create even the simplest garments that you can find in any mall store. It is a trickle down effect!