It's no secret we live in a visual culture. Art and fashion play into the same pleasure of looking at (or designing!) something beautiful. They are also both economical behemoths, with individual pieces costing well over thousands of dollars. With both having a high symbolic value in our culture, it may be easy to write it off as something frivolous and ignore the painstaking details and creative elements included in any garment or artwork. Fortunately for me, keeping up with those details and elements is part of my job. This summer I was invited to be a host for Sotheby'sFacebook Live Shows, where we discuss the details of art, photographs, contemporary furniture and jewelry being sold that month online or IRL. We have more coming up, so I hope you will tune in!
For all you in Boston or New York, you should definitely check out these two exhibits. The first is The Metropolitan Museum of Art attempt at going high tech with blog.mode: addressing fashion. I have a slight obsession with the Costume Institute so I think this exhibit is definitely worth while- at least to see the fabulous L' Air du Temps dress designed by Olivier Theyskens for Nina Ricci or the Vivienne Westwood platform pumps circa 1990 up close and personal. The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston has their National Design Triennial complete with designs from Nike, Thom Browne and Kid Robot. I haven't been to the ICA, but this exhibit sounds COOL. This isn't the first time clothing has been on display as works of art, but for some reason these exhibitions seem totally worth while.