Art can be many different things to many different people. Some people define art as only paintings and sculptures. Others may define art as anything that evokes a strong emotion, including subjects like music and fashion. No matter the personal definition, art is timeless. Going as far back as the Paleolithic era, cavemen and women were producing cave paintings that would later be considered the first known works of art. Though reasons are mostly known, it was likely that these early humans were trying to share something with someone, whether it was a simple message or an expression of emotion.
Going to the Art Institute has really opened my eyes to all different forms and types of art. I’ve learned to really appreciate the little things all around me. Before I went to college, I never really thought about the history of fashion before the ‘40s. I would never have been able to tell you what an engageante was or what the difference between regular breeches and pumpkin breeches were. And thanks to a really amazing teacher who loved what she taught, I was able to learn fashion history in a way that really kept my interest.
The other day, on a total whim, a really close friend and I decided to go to an art museum for the day. If I’m being completely honest here, I really love art museums. I’m a total history buff and I absolutely love art, so if I can go to a place where the two mix, I’m in total heaven.
Moving through each exhibit, my friend and I saw a lot of really beautiful works of art. One of my favorites was the Japanese wood block carvings (which we couldn’t take pictures of, unfortunately.) The museum housed a lot of 19th-century paintings and even had a giant room covered floor to ceiling in Renaissance art. It was really cool to see all of these different forms of expression under one roof. And it made me think, I wonder what type of art we will have to show to future generations. Will it all be digital, or will we have physical works of art up for display?
So, is history your thing? What’s your favorite period of time for fashion? Let me know in the comments below!