fashion - The prevailing style
or custom. Most often refers
to clothing (costume),
but may refer to any cultural
trend. Manner or mode. Also, to give shape
or form to; to make. Fashion design refers
specifically to designing clothing, and its associated accessories.
French, A Yellow Dress, c. 1780, fashion illustration, hand-colored engraving. This picture presents a design that is representative of the fine dresses of this period in France — the reign of Louis XVI, about ten years before the French Revolution. See costume.
American, Hoop, c. 1865, half circles of reeds or whalebone riveted to bands of heavy linen tape. It is fastened at the waist with a steel buckle. This is an example of a cage-hoop used underneath a skirt to provide a fashionable fullness at the back of a woman's dress. An important effect of the hoop was the graceful, swinging motion it gave to a woman's skirt as she walked. Rendered by Mae Szilvasy, Hoop, 1935/1942, watercolor and graphite on paperboard, 38.8 x 31 cm (15 1/4 x 12 3/16 inches), Index of American Design, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. See Index of American Design.
Cristobal Balenciaga (Spanish, 1895-1972), Evening Gown, 1950, black silk crepe with Honan draping and panniers, Phoenix Art Museum, AZ.
Charles James (American, 1906-1978), "Petal" Ballgown, 1951, black velvet and silk satin, ivory silk faille, Phoenix Art Museum, AZ.
Betty Brader (American, 1923-1986), Quite a Catch, c. 1968, a fashion illustration for a poster advertising Joseph Magnin stores in the San Francisco area.
Giorgio Armani (Italian, 1934-), Giorgio Armani Fashion Show, a model who wears one of the designer's latest ensembles, walks the runway as spectators look on. This presentation of Armani's "new line" took place in Washingon, DC, May 16, 2002.
Bob Mackie (American, 1940-), Evening Dress, c. 1989, silk chiffon, glass beads, sequins, Phoenix Art Museum, AZ.
American, Stylishly Drawn, Contemporary Fashion Illustration, 2000, a fashion illustration used for the dust jacket for a book by Laird Borelli, presenting "210 color illustrations by the new generation of illustrators."
John Galliano (British, born Gibraltar, 1960-) for Christian Dior, Saddle Bag, 2000, denim, leather, metal, Phoenix Art Museum, AZ.
American, Swimwear Designs for Summer of 2003, a presentation board by a fashion design student, markers, photographs, and computer-generated text. This illustration shows each of several designs in four colorways.
See more examples of fashionable clothing in ArtLex's article on costume.
Also see art careers, costume, couture, new, technology, and textile.