While, Artforum’s notable step was praised by many it also triggered a debate in which some chose to side with the magazine’s stance that fashion is art and others chose to abide by conventional definitions of art that present the phenomenon in limiting and confining forms. Given the scenario where fashion’s acceptance into the larger circle of what can be deemed as art is quite contentious, this paper critically analyzes the notion by addressing the factors that surround the debate to conclude whether fashion is indeed art or a phenomenon that is distinguishably separate from this form of expression.
According to Miller (2007), the classification of fashion as an art form is dependent upon the question that explores the range of phenomenon that can also be attributed as art to allow the establishment of an obvious link between art and the identified expressions of the same. With regard to the conundrum as to whether fashion can be deemed as an art form it can be observed that the answer to this query is backed by a range of arguments that support fashion’s inclusion in the coveted realm of art. As stated by Welters and Lillethun (2011, p. 365) the advocates of the fashion as art movement claim that “…fashion is indeed art because it is a visual medium whose creators respond to the same stimuli as painters and sculptors”. Certainly, this statement is depictive of a profound understanding of the true meaning and intention of art and what it intends to evoke and inspire within the audience however, the rationale of this statement is not concrete because it only rests on subjectivity because the categorization of the aforementioned ‘stimuli’ is unclear. Yet the essence of Welters and Lillethun’s (2011) declaration sheds light on the possible stimuli that have the ability to appeal to the senses of the viewer and aid in the establishment of emotions, feelings