A WORK OF ART:
IN RELATION TO HOW ANCIENT SCULPTURES ARE BEAUTIFUL WITH A SENSE OF TONE, SHEEN, SMOOTHNESS, IMPERFECTIONS, WHICH REFLECTS OUR LIVES, OUR HUMAN EXISTENCE.
This could well be summed up as Art. We know all too well that
“One should either be a work of art or wear a work of art.”
- Oscar Wilde
I visited the V&A museum and was suddenly drawn towards the Medieval and Renaissance 1350 - 1600 hall, where there were a large collection of beautiful life-size sculptures. There were different colours, tones and textures, which gave each sculpture a unique look depending on the light and where you stood. However, the sculptures that caught my eyes each time, were those that displayed some sense of a story like ‘Samson Slaying A Philistine’, Giovanni Bologna, 1562 (above right) or Cast Of Mercury and Psyche, 1593 (above left). The common theme between these two sculptures and the rest I was interested in, were how their bodies made contact. The way the muscles and skin reacts depending on the pose causing tension, creases and folds.
It springs to mind how our clothes are the closest items to our bodies, which requires comfort, warmth and communicates our personal style without words. The way fabric’s behave during the process of making ties when folding and sewing reminds me of these skin reactions of the sculptures. Although a tie is not the first thing worn next to the body, it does have the foremost significant placement where the eyes are drawn to most - The person’s face. At the point of peripheral vision, you will find a tie draped beautifully from the neck of a sophisticated man. This is the intimate point of indirect communication of one’s mood, which inspires their style through vision. Honing in on the detail of each cloth’s weave and texture is an ‘expression’ of tonality with a spark of ‘personality’ through colour - An Imitation of life like a sculpture, a work of art. What you can expect to see from this collection are tones, which will show through the weave details, textures and pattern combinations with bold colours.
Is a well-dressed man a work of art?
I certainly believe so.
However, there’s more to a man who dresses well and who bears the bravery of portraying his soul in the midst of conformity. The style of a man should always reflect his attitudes, mannerism, etiquette and personality.
The poem by Lang Leav encapsulates this perfectly… Read below on left hand side ~