Wearable art is a vague term that may refer to some kind of art—whether it is clothes or jewelry—but it is most widely used to refer to art-based events such as fashion modeling, performance art, or even work-worn for beauty/artistry purposes. In recent years, more wearable art has surfaced as a reaction or supplement to the increasing number of wearable art exhibits and performances that have been held. These types of displays are usually highly articulated, highly designed, and extremely wearable in nature.
The most well-known examples include experimental artists’, performers’, and architectural projects, as well as more conventional exhibitions featuring daily objects such as T-shirts, wristbands, and jewelry. Wearable art is a type of art-a a visual, highly interactive approach to fine art that takes wearable or hand-made objects and combines them with text or images to create a piece of visual art that the audience can also wear. “Wearable art,” and has become a brand concept for fabric manufacturers, beauty experts, and anyone who wishes to make a statement about their personality.
Wearable art is not only intended to be used but is often intended to be recognized as a serious and one-of-a-kind artistic statement. It’s like a partnership between fashion and visual arts, moving them far beyond their respective boundaries and establishing a new cultural forum.
Wearable art may be sold as well as displayed. Fibrous materials are frequently used to make them and include both wearable and non-wearable types of art made from cloth and other fiber items. Jewelry and other non-fiber fabrics such as fabric, rubber, brass, and others can also be used. It can be stitched, glued, designed, drawn, collaged, riveted, woven, and knitted. It visually defies costume expectations, allowing the Artist-Designer to express their imaginations in fresh and more demanding ways.
Artist-designers have the right to use items other than clothing while making wearable
art, and some of the wearable art they’ve made is exceptional. Some of these wearable arts are:
Creation of clothing from trash
Marina DeBris’ wearable art piece is the construction of garments out of garbage. Trashion is the name given to this type of painting. This wearable art can be found at The Portland Oregon Trashion Collective.
The electric dress
he Electric Dress or Art Deco dress was invented by the artist Atsuko Tanaka. This dress was created for an unknown director, who desired dresses that could be worn by both men and women. The dress consisted of two separate pieces – a top and bottom piece that attached together by Velcro. A cord connecting the two pieces operated the electric motor, which turned the cloth inside the dress. As this dress operated the motor, various colored lights inside the dress glowed thus creating the light effect. Today, the Electric Dress continues to be a part of fashion and art as both a collector’s item and a fashion statement.
The earliest technical drawings of the Electric Dress can be found in many collections and art books belonging to the period of post-war Japan. Some of these technical drawings can be found at the Museo Japonica in Florence, Italy and in the studios of Masaharu Ueshiba in Tokyo, Japan. The most complete documentation of the Electric Dress can be found in the book Electric Dress, by Atsuko Tanaka.
Other fashionable wearable art that has paved the way for the fashion industry are flannels, crew socks, pointy shoes, and chokers. Wearable art, also known as Artwear or “art to wear,” refers to uniquely crafted (usually handmade) items of clothing or jewelry produced as creative or dramatic art. Although any piece of clothing or other wearable material is usually made with fashion concerns in mind, the word wearable art means that the product is meant to be recognised as a severe and exclusive artistic development or declaration. Pieces can be marketed or displayed. Wearable art seems to have resurfaced in different ways in the industrial era.