From Elsa Schiaparelli and Salvador Dali in the 1930s to Marc Jacobs and Richard Prince, fashion designers and artists joining forces is no new phenomenon. But the movement is surging each season, and now retailers like Barneys New York are also getting on board.
WE THINK OF ART appreciation as erudite, but an interest in fashion is considered airheaded. When an art-lover buys art, it’s called “collecting.” When a fashion enthusiast buys clothing, it’s called “shopping.” Art is supposed to be timeless and important, while fashion is understood to be ephemeral and frivolous.
Despite this much-litigated list of ontological differences between art and fashion, the two are cross-pollinating more than ever. In fact, it’s possible the moment has never been riper.