Paris fashion shows have become almost comical. Strike that: They are comical.
Against my better judgment, I have to ask: Would you wear this? Would anyone you know wear this? The Utilitarian in me says that art should serve society and the greater good, yet there’s a little of the Aesthete in me that says art need not serve anything except itself.
My Christianity trumps both, since I think most philosophical (and theological) movements end up choosing one facet of Christianity to emphasize to the detriment of all other facets. The Christian, I believe, must hold to those two great commandments like a pit bull: Love God with your whole being, love your neighbor.
So where does haute couture fit into all this? Where does fashion that serves virtually no one fit in? And ultimately, if fashion is art, where does art fit (since I would never argue that art doesn’t have a place in the kingdom)?
I’m back, I think, to a discussion some friends and I had a few years ago about Christian fiction vs. evangelical fiction. Then again, now that I think about it, I’m back to yesterday’s post about media and message. If, as McLuhan suggested, the medium is the message, what message does the image at right send? What message, come to think of it, does my posting about the image send?
Whew. It’s too early for this, but let me know what you think about any or all of these questions. Or ignore this post and wait for a better. 🙂