Friday, January 7, 2011

Ugly or not

Robert Rauschenberg is one of those artist that has always been an inspiration in all creative facets of my life. During the 1950s Rauschenbergs work came to prominence in the transitional period between Abstract Expressionism to Pop Art.

Today's fashions scream color, blending all sorts of styles, patterns and time periods into cohesive fashion trends. We are at the point of anything goes as long as its styled right. Pin up shorts paired with a vintage abstract appliqué cat shirt, belted with tap shoes to match. Through in the colorful oversized bag with fringe and your a modern art piece.

Dressing oneself is becoming more and more like an art if its own. My favorite part of dressing myself is finding the balance. Jest like an art piece, no matter what style or materials used, it must achieve balance.

Rauschenberg picked up trash and found objects that interested him on the streets of New York City and brought these back to his studio where they could become integrated into his work. He claimed he "wanted something other than what I could make myself and I wanted to use the surprise and the collectiveness and the generosity of finding surprises. And if it wasn't a surprise at first, by the time I got through with it, it was.

Take a look at the examples i've found of transitional pieces reflective of Robert Rauschenbergs work. I've posted one of his collage works to go along with the clothing.

An Old Flame

This shirt tucked in to a pair of high waisted shorts would be just the perfect blend of classy casual. I would pair it with an olive green belt and accessorize boldly for the pure fact that a can with a nice neutral like this. I couldn't find an appropriate green belt but i found a cream and brown one that would match the idea.
A bold color would stand out better but you get the idea.

American Apparel Zipper Shorts

These are a great vintage baby blue wash.

Paired with a pair of toms or dress it up with a chunky wedge. The ones i show here are by the designer Jeffery Campbell and are a classic thats always good to have around.