Fashion Follows Art – Vol. I

"Skyscrapers and Tunnels" by Fortunato Depero, 1930 (detail)

“Skyscrapers and Tunnels” by Fortunato Depero, 1930 (detail)

As of February and on display till September, The Guggenheim Museum in New York City is featuring an exhibit on Italian Futurism, a movement meant to reinvigorate the country’s sense of self and its economy out of its complacent state in the early 20th century. Members were “modern, young, and insurgent”, as described on the museum’s website, and concerned themselves with breaking tradition and charging ever forward. Bred through literature, politics, the performing & visual arts, fashion, and even advertising – this campaign for change proliferated through various societal circles.

W. Britt jewelry - Industrial, Mechanical, Modern, Distinctive

W. Britt jewelry – Industrial, Mechanical, Modern, Distinctive

With regard to aesthetic, Futurists saw things through a deliberately broken lens resulting in fractured imagery which created a sense of motion. Their crusade was vehement yet dichotomous, and it was this inherent struggle that made the movement a point of controversy worth examining. This essential disagreement within a singular idea, seemingly appears in many current fashions and makes for intriguing pieces which echo the thoughts of forward thinkers and risk takers. At SINGER22, we consider our customers just those sorts of people, so it is for you all that we carry pieces meant to make people look twice, take in your vibe, and admire your courage in donning that top, those pants, that necklace, etc… You guys are the extension of the SINGER22 voice and we’re honored to have you all as our collective muse.

Here are a few pieces from our current selection that in some ways mirror the divisive tenets of those innovative Futurists and that hope to find their way into your closet!

CAMI NYC‘s camisoles have a propensity for simple graphic shapes cut from quintessentially feminine silk. Sharp lines define the look without overwhelming the delicate nature of the fabric.

Interesting patterns can build a sense of movement or actively changing perspective (something which Futurist artists attempted to convey in their work), potentially enhancing a garment, especially when constructed from susceptible silk or similarly fluttery materials.

A monochromatic approach fortified by unusual seaming or paneling yields garments with a silent strength and streamlined elegance. The fragmented quality present in these pieces played a significant role in the visual arts of the the time – editing out frivolities in favor of cleaner lines.

A parting suggestion to leave you with:  The next time you get a chance to stroll through a gallery or museum, take a moment to sift through the artwork and allow yourself to be excited and influenced by what these masters made. They say life imitates art, but sometimes the reverse is true in that art may imitate those things that inspire it into existence, for where would designers be if they did not have us to provoke them?

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