This collection investigates the subjective boundaries between art, applied art, and fashion. At the core of this concept is “Entartete Kunst” (Degenerate art), a term adopted by the Nazi regime in Germany to describe the Modern Art they so despised. This project draws parallels between Fashion/Textiles, and the Bauhaus, Cubism, and Dada artistic movements, which were condemned as degenerate at the time.
Fashion, often viewed as frivolous and of a female domain, can ironically be seen as degenerate compared to Art, her historically male-dominated counterpart. This project invites the viewers to challenge this sexist and dated conception. In the photo series, we see the designer’s artworks in various stages of existence, from flat collage artworks to prints sewn into garments, thus questioning the boundaries and polarization of art and fashion.
When does fashion become art? If the primary human drive is the pursuit of what we find meaningful, then fashion and textiles are a vehicle just as worthy as any other form of art.
Photography: Draga Jovanovic,
Art direction and props: Stephen Severn,
Millinery: Maria Curcic,
Hair and Make-up: Julia Crimson,