Coco Chanel famously declared that "Fashion is not art," and though this proclamation may be true to some extent (our legal system has been in Coco's camp for some time) we think there's no denying the overwhelming artistic component to fashion.
Miu Miu's Fall/Winter 2007 Campaign featuring French beauty Laetitia Casta is a stunning example of fashion's artistic side. The photography, makeup, styling, and of course clothing come together in a gorgeous study of light and shadow, color, contrast and form.
The photo's dramatic Deco undertones are what caught our attention most, and remind us of one of our favorite painters, Tamara de Lempicka, who was one of the most famous painters of the Art Deco period. Both works of art, if we may, are highly stylized portraits with skin rendered luminous, limbs geometric, lips a luscious red, masterfully desaturated in places then pumped with precious color in other moments of the canvas or frame—similarly crisp, modern, sensual and seductive.
La Dormeuse (The Sleeper), 1931-1932 by Tamara de Lempicka
On a side note, if Tamara—who was said to have loved ''art and high society in equal measure"—were still alive, she would probably be painting today's stars and supermodels and socialites, just as she did during her own decadent lifetime. We would have liked to see her take a stab at designing clothes...and wouldn't you love to see Miuccia Prada paint?
See more of Miu Miu's Fall/Winter 2007 campaign here. >>
Then if you dare, tell us: Do you think fashion is art?