Clothing as Art-Kelly Sechler

<www.15minutesof.com/newwatches.html>One of the topics that we explored last week that I found very interesting but we did not explore as in depth as many others was the idea of wearable art. Wearable art can take many different forms, it can be art that is wearable but is intended more to be an art piece and not something that you would wear in real life, which is what we talked about last week. There is also clothing that is designed for everyday wear but is inspired by fine art. In the middle of the two there is high fashion runway designs that are wearable but not for the average person and not for the everyday.

A perfect example of a famous artist that has taken the fashion world by storm is Andy Warhol. He currently has his own line of watches, bags, and clothing. The watches above are an example of some of his work. His clothing and accessory line was first introduced at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The collection became so popular that it can now be found across the country, some at very affordable prices. Urban Outfitters carries many of his items at prices even young students can afford. I feel that this is an important step in the art industry because many of us don’t have the money to go buy a painting but we can go buy a t-shirt.

Another influential artist that has stepped into the fashion world is Frank Gehry. Frank Gehry is a very talented and well known architect famous for his unique structures such as the Disney concert hall here in Las Angeles. Recently he has designed a line of watches for Fossil and a line of jewelry for Tiffany & Co. Before such designs Frank Gehry, although his buildings can be seen throughout the world, was not an excisable artist as far as being able to bring his work back into your home. Now anyone can have a piece of his work. His designs at Tiffany & Co. ranges anywhere from a few hundred dollars to many thousands of dollars just for one item. His watches were only around a hundred dollars each. I loved his watches and went to purchase one and was surprised to find out that they were taken off the market due to lack of sales. This poses the question are we ready for wearable art?

**I had trouble getting images of Frank Gehry’s jewelry collection to appear on my post because of safeguards put in place to keep you from copy and pasting the images but if you would like to see them go to <http://www.tiffany.com/Shopping/Category.aspx?cid=288188&omcid=G5228&mcat=148206&gt;

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