Thursday, March 4, 2010

✂-The Designer's Tip of The Day-Surrealism in Fashion

Fashion enjoyed a fruitful and reciprocal relationship with the surrealist art movement (founded in 1942) based upon a shared propensity for fantasy and displacement. This was frequently evidenced within the realms of window display, fashion photography and advertising during the late 1930's. Elsa Schiaparelli was one of the few fashion designers to actively engage with Surrealism, collaborating with key artists including Salvador Dali and Jean Cocteau.

It was not the silhouettes that Shiaparelli displayed her tendency towards the surreal, but in the details. Buttons took on the form of circus acrobats, beetles, guitars, vegetables and lollipops.....
The use of Surrealism in Fashion is the device of displacement- the placing of an object or image in an unfamiliar and jarring location.

Source-...isms understanding fashion by Mairi Mackinzie

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