Wednesday 7 March 2018

A matter of taste

Comme des Garçons Fall Winter 2018

For the fall winter 2018, Rei Kawakubo was inspired by the idea of “camp”, referring to the aesthetic sensibility that lies inbetween bad taste and irony. The question is what is good taste?
How far does something have to go before it’s perceived as camp? 
What was once considered to be in good taste - bouffants, blue hair, circle skirts and marabou-adorned mules — now is considered as camp. And what once was read as camp such as sneakers with your suit is now seen as fashionable.

This is a wonderful example how fashion can question perception, aesthetics and taste. More and more the context seems to matter; when is fashion considerd in fashion rather than what is fashion.

Diane Vreeland would say:
“A little bad taste is like a nice splash of paprika. We all need a splash of bad taste—it’s hearty, it’s healthy, it’s physical. I think we could use more of it. No taste is what I’m against.” 

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