We all know that creativity comes from many sources, but we tend to forget that one of the strongest catalysts for new approaches is discontent with what is currently available — the divine discontent that makes a creator think: ‘This must change if it is to be part of the modern world and I can change it.’ Whether he is a Matisse or a Stravinsky, a genius creator seeks to alter our perceptions because he knows that his viewpoint has validity for us all.
It is this that has been lost in current day couture. An endogamous group of people, sated by the sense of their own importance — and fashion is the silliest and snobbiest of all the arts, let’s not forget — have stopped thinking radically and have become complacent, which is the worst thing that can happen to creativity anywhere.
Colin McDowell, Is Haute Couture Poised for Reinvention or Irrelevance?
Really good opinion piece on BoF today about couture’s relevance! Colin mentions couture as becoming one of fashion’s ‘greatest lost cause’ and I couldn’t agree more.