We’ve probably all seen those runway pictures of models wearing things you could never wear on a normal day. But that’s the point. This is called Wearable art. This form of art comes in many different variations. But what is it exactly?
What is wearable art
Wearable art is also known as “artwear”. Wearable art always made by hand. You can actually wear the pieces but they are mostly seen in exhibitions. The wearable art is an aesthetic that comes purely from the artist itself. It’s a serious business rather than thinking “how could someone wear this?”. The artwork is totally different from the mainstream fashion world, but it’s still related to it. Wearable art comes in forms of sculptural, knitted, leather, weaving, dyeing and sewing and
When did Weareable art appear?
Wearable art appeared in the 60s, grew in the 70s and grew further in the beginning 2000’s. Some iconic Wearable art pieces are from Viktor and Rolf for their fall couture in 2015. And don’t forget the master in Wearable Art: Alexander Mcqueen. Mcqueen created countless of groundbreaking performances of this form of art.
An artist who is upcoming in the world of Wearable Art is Daniel Arsham. You could probably know him from his collaborations with footwear brands for example,Adidas. But he has done a project that is literally Wearable art.
Also, cool: The brand Hacked By from van Slobbe and van Benthum. This brand is not particularly known for Wearable Art, but their pieces are innovative. This is in a way that they find their origin in problems but thinks in opportunities. They do not believe in fast fashion and do believe in sustainability and equality.