Art And Fashion

The work of the fashion designers in our days is a form of art, though at first sight one might say such a frivolous thing like fashion has little to do with what we call art. But like the work of the artists, the work of the designers is an act of creation. And the bond between the two of them has a long history and goes both ways: many times fashion is reflected in art thus becoming a part; even more often art influenced the fashion.

We can trace this bond long time ago. It started with the prehistoric goddesses statuettes. Some of them show a network of thin lines which historians established to be the representation of the clothes.

From that time on there is a multitude of art representation of the fashion. We can find fashion reflected in the Egyptian, Roman or Greek statues of the Antiquity and in the Gothic statues of the 12th century churches. We can find it in a lot of famous paintings like the ones of Leonardo da Vinci, Albrecht Durer, Titzian or Pieter Bruegel the Eldest. We can find it in a painting which is a veritable lesson of perspective, like Velazquez’ Las Meninas and can be also considered a veritable lesson of the mid 17th century fashion.

Art influenced fashion even more often. The heavy and complicated Baroque made the clothes of that time to look just as heavy. Rococo remained complicated but the forms became lighter and so did the clothes and the textiles used to make them. In the 20th century the Cubism had echoes in the 1920’s tubular dresses. And these are just a few examples.

Today, in the era of fast communication and television shapes and patterns of the clothes are inspired by the art of different times and areas. Artists are called many times to help designers. Dali created clothes as well as textile designs for the designer Elsa Schiaparelli and they all bear his unique stamp. From women’s dress to any mens coat everything is made to serve the necessities and perspectives of our times. And that perspective influences the art and the fashion all the same.

Florence – Between Art of the Past and Modern Fashion

Florence is the city which gives and gave examples of art and beauty. The masterpieces now attracting millions of tourists are the witnesses of the ideas and the glories of the past, which were materialized in the works that are today unique beauties without time.

Florence is still master of beauty, just like during the Renaissance. This feature is exhibited not only in the art of the past but also in more modern forms of expressions, such as fashion. The most important and appreciated fashion brands established themselves in the Tuscan capital.

The one who was born and still lives in Florence inherits a sense of beauty that comes from the environment around him every day, the presence of places and monuments are characterized by a very high sense of aesthetics and attention: details and proportions represent a kind of ongoing training for the residents in this city. While living in Florence people unknowingly acquire the aesthetic sensibility which is not to be found in almost any other place in the world.

Today as in the past these places have inspired artists of all kinds, an inspiration which is also manifested in the fashion in which Florence has a very important tradition in the modern era.

Since the second half of 1900 the fashion houses of Florence have distinguished themselves nationally and internationally, to consacrate the Tuscan capital city as one of the most important Italian fashion city. Here the first fashion show was held February 12, 1951 by the Italian fashion pioneer Giovanni Battista Giorgini. Villa Torrigiani in Via dei Serragli was the location, the event was held in the presence of many international buyers, who on this occasion admired for the first time the style and elegance of the Made in Italy, which from the beginning poses as an alternative to the Parisian fashion just leading the way to the various current designers who currently continue to provide contributions to the fashion world.

Florence as all the major cities also has a specific area in which it focuses the world’s biggest names in fashion, together with other fashion boutiques Florentine. These activities are concentrated in the streets: Via Tornabuoni and Via della Vigna. These Florentine streets are in the city centre within walking distance from the most important monuments of the city.

Apart from the major fashion boutiques in Florence there are many shops which propose clothing and handmade accessories. According to the traditional tailoring and shoemaking methodology, these products are developed in order to have a own style, a customizable style according to the tastes and needs of the customer. They can be considered real pieces of the highest quality fashion art.