When the artist revisit fabrics – Connection between art and fashion is a subject that might be improperly considered: fashion is a creative expression that might have clear artistic contents, but remains far from Art anyway. However, his value doesn’t refer only to clothing sphere: fashion interact with architecture, interior design, show biz and sport, and even with food, corrupting practically every side of our lifestyle. Talking about that side, stricted related to clothing, fashion designers are often inspired by pictorial art, and mention the various artists faithfully, as the case may be a past collection by Dolce&Gabbana, dedicated to Jacques Louis David paintings. Other cases may be ideas, that suggest a certain decoration, or patterns or shades of colors that refer to a specific artistic trend. Paul Surridge, Z Zegna’s creative director, has designed wonderful flannel suits printed with a pattern inspired by Picasso’s geometry, like the one you can see in the picture, by which he talks to a trendy-oriented audience, that likes surprising and shaking up codes in compliance with classic menswear. A detail of ZZegna suit, f/w 2013/14 collection.
Alessandro Calascibetta has been active in fashion since the late 80s. He started off his career at L'Uomo Vogue, after that with Mondo Uomo. Afterward, he became Fashion Director at Harper's Bazaar Uomo, and in 2000 founded Uomo which he directed until 2003. Following that, he started collaborating with Rizzoli. Since january 2015 he is the Editor in Chief of Style Magazine, and still remains as Man Fashion Director for Io Donna and Sette.