The Art of Fashion

ONLY USE ONCE WITH THE EXHIBITION STORY - Bruce Nauman For Beginners (all the combinations of the thumb and fingers), 2010 HD Videoinstallation, Video (Kanal A): 26 min. 19 sec. Video (Kanal B): 25min. 59sec. Pinault Collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art © Bruce Nauman, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016 Foto: Museum Folkwang, Manuel Reinartz, 2016
Bruce Nauman's work "For Beginners (all the combinations of the thumb and fingers)", conceived in 2010, is a HD Video installation and part of the Pinault Collection at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. © Bruce Nauman, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016. Photo
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Fashion designers and artists have long dabbled in each other’s worlds, and it’s created a fruitful dialogue that goes beyond consumerism.

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    • In a show that opened October 7, the Folkwang Museum in Essen presents “Dancing with Myself: Self-portrait and Self-invention.” It features the extensive art collection of Francois Pinault behind the retail company Kering (Gucci, Yves St. Laurent, Alexander McQueen).
    • Beginning October 22, the Louis Vuitton Foundation will show “Icons of Modern Art: The Shchukin Collection” in Paris. Mr. Shchukin was a Russian businessman and collector who bought Monet, van Gogh and Matisse works when they were still laughed at.
    • The Prada Foundation and Louis Vuitton Foundation both opened art museums in Milan and Paris respectively over the last two years.
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In 2008, British fashion photographer Tim Walker shot a famous series for Vogue UK titled “Tales of the Unexpected,” based on the offbeat fantasy works of writer Roald Dahl. The surreal photos featured U.S. director Tim Burton, known for creepily comic films like “Beetlejuice,” posing with his then-wife, actress Helena Bonham Carter, and the model Karen Elson.

In one image, the three pop culture icons dressed whimsically tumble out of a super-size TV — a comment on modern over-the-top advertising. Mr. Walker’s series shows how fashion fancies itself as more than beautiful threads and consumer seduction. It’s influenced by art and considers itself to be art, making people think critically and outside the box.

Today, fashion is still as obsessed with the art world as ever, with two major exhibitions in Paris and Essen this fall linking up the two sides of the spectrum.

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