What about clothing as “designed” art? The Woman’s Coat from China, c.1850-1900, and Issey Miyake’s Body Sculpture in Rattan, 1982, represent traditional and avant-garde oriental clothing design. The first of wool, satin, and embroidery is opulent and heavily decorated while retaining the modesty of the wearer. The second may be a little excessive in design and impractical in its usage, but it demonstrates the importance of modern clothing design to fuel consumerism. Additionally, it allows for the display/exposure of the body, demonstrating how clothing can complement rather than conflict with the natural curves of a woman’s body.


Styles change more quickly than necessary. New colors, patterns, fabrics, and lengths/cuts catch the eye of the consumer. We want to be seen wearing the latest elements of design upon our bodies in order to fit into society. Now, what about these issues? Why do people prefer blue jeans to jeans of other colors? Why do universities or sports teams have logos with certain colors? Do men wear white dress shirts more often than blue? What are the most popular colors for automobiles or trucks? Red or silver? Do you select certain groceries or cereal boxes due to the design of the packaging? Again, there was a designer behind every product in our world. No matter whether it be an “artist,” craftsperson, or engineer, someone consciously made aesthetic considerations. Therefore, there is no distinction between the creative process of a painter, sculptor, photographer, book cover designer, potter, interior decorator, or automobile manufacturer.