In his memoir, The King of Fashion, the French couturier Paul Poiret wrote, “Am I a fool when I dream of putting art into my dresses, a fool when I say dressmaking is an art? For I have always loved painters, and felt on an equal footing with them.” While the argument of whether fashion itself should be considered an art form will always be up for debate, the influence of artists and their works on fashion design is undeniable. And New York’s recent Spring 2018 collections were no exception.
Several shows took place inside art venues and museums, most notably Rachel Comey’s intimate showing at the Met Breuer, which she accompanied with a dinner (as she often does) inside Flora Bar; Oscar de la Renta at Sotheby’s, where the models descended down the escalators; and Carolina Herrera’s open-air runway show at the Museum of Modern Art’s sculpture garden, surprisingly, the first time a fashion show had been staged at the space. Read more