Excerpt from my Fashion History Talks! with @benjamin__wild from my question “Is fashion art?”: “Perhaps prior to the mid-twentieth century there was a greater elision between art and fashion, because the conception and creation of clothing, which was still largely framed by what could be produced by hand, meant there was a great deal of skill and labour involved in the manufacturing process. This is not to say that ‘art’ is defined by something that has taken time to produce, but, for me, art does have to be something that has an immediate and lasting affect; I rather like Simon Schama’s idea that art should pack a ‘visceral punch’, I think that was his phrase.” Check out my full interview with Dr. Benjamin Wild on theArtofDress.org (link in bio) #Repost @benjamin__wild (@get_repost)
For me, one of the most beautiful items garments that I have discussed in my @sothebysinstitute #Culture of #Fashion lectures is this #embroidered #silk #women's #waistcoat, which dates from the early seventeenth century (the reign of James VI of #Scotland and I of #England). The embroidery would have been added before the garment was cut and assembled. The skill required to ensure the #flora and #fauna #decoration aligned, not to mention the length of time taken to complete such intricate work, would have been great, and the resulting cost of this item would have meant that only the very wealthy could afford it. A gem from #Bath's #Fashion #Museum.