Dressing up, the artist’s guide to achieving sartorial excellence

Thursday, 27 January, 2011

Is the way an artist dresses somehow a representation of their work, or do artists simply dress so they look, or feel, like artists?

The relationship between an artist’s work and attire should function in the manner of a dialectic, in which the discrepancy between the personal appearance of the artist and the appearance of her work is resolved into a higher conceptual unity. An artist’s attire should open her work to a wider range of interpretive possibilities. The artist’s sartorial choices are subject to the same hermeneutic operations as are his work. When dressing, an artist should imagine a five-paragraph review of his clothes – the attitudes and intentions they reveal, their topicality, their relationship to history, the extent to which they challenge or endorse, subvert or affirm dominant forms of fashion – written by a critic he detests.

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Are artists expected to comply to a dress code?

Thursday, 30 July, 2009

A dress code may make it easier for artists who are struggling to work out what to wear when they leave the house, especially if it’s their attire, rather than their art, that is being critiqued…

The artist’s sartorial choices are subject to the same hermeneutic operations as are his work. When dressing, an artist should imagine a five-paragraph review of his clothes – the attitudes and intentions they reveal, their topicality, their relationship to history, the extent to which they challenge or endorse, subvert or affirm dominant forms of fashion – written by a critic he detests.

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