Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Right to Fashion... Fashion Videos

that is looks like a star burst of fireworks.

There are so many ways for us to express ourselves.

Many forms of expression combine 2 or more of these rights
 to make a new form of expression.
New fashion videos is an example loaded with expression rights, where we find:
the Right to Fashion, the Right to Art, The Right to Color, the Right to Music,
the Right to the Magical, the Right to Movement, and the Right to Dance.
Here are 3 of the best from the newest stuff.


Alexander McQueen


Kenzo


Lane Crawford by Nick Knight/SHOWstudio

This is really the newest territory in filmmaking,
and some of this, especially the McQueen video,
uses computer animation that resembles 
the earliest films made in history,
the 19th and 20th c. French filmmaking
by Muybridge and Dali.


69 comments:

Anonymous said...

Fashion is very so an expression of one's own perspective to many things in life.
You can definitely stand up to what you believe in, just with your choice and style in the fabrics you choose to cover the corpse you were given.

Take Peta for example. Although we all know they don't necessarily always practice what they preach, they DO make effective fashion campaign ads to protest against the wear of animal skins.

http://www.peta.org/tv/skins.aspx

"We should all avoid wearing animals' fur leather or wool. Top fashion designers such as Stella McCartney,Ralph Lauren & Marc Bouwer refuse to work with real fur, and offer stylish substitutions for dead end fashion.
With so many fashionable, comfortable options available today,there's NO excuse for wearing ANY animals' skins." -PETA


Signed,
C. June

Anonymous said...

Right of fashion or free of corporal expression, it is a Right that many people perceive in the wrong moralist opinions, but it is an artistic and cultural tradition that never stop advancing.

JC

Anonymous said...

Fashion is a form of free self-representation and, therefore, at a time when the value of individuality and embodiment is so great, it is so important. Fashion is a tendency; it is a form of expression and it’s constantly changing.

N.

Anonymous said...

I'm usually turned off by artsy videos, but I thought videos 2 and 3 were, actually, pretty interesting. I think the reason they resonated with me is that I've recently realized the importance of creative expression. It's a way to expand the boundaries of your mind and let's you see what's possible outside of your reality. Imagination and creativity lead to innovation.

Jo L Lo

Anonymous said...

Fashion is a concept which varies greatly from person to person. What I may consider fashion, others may not. The beauty of it all is, regardless of what anybody thinks we are all entitled to our own belief of what is beautiful. From decade to decade, what is considered "in" will change, but everybody will still be able to make their own fashion statement. Whether bold, vintage, classic or edgy each person can represent themselves freely through their fashion.
-SG

Anonymous said...

Fashion is all about having a balance between comfort and art. Thus, in my opinion making it one of the most difficult art forms to comprehend because it's wearable art that changes over time. -LL

Anonymous said...

Fashion is a freedom for expression.


L.S

Anonymous said...

Fashion has been around for as long as anyone can remember. If you dress like a hipster,thug,athlete, rocker or even an average joe you make a statement with the clothing you wear. The right to fashion gives you a chance to not only express yourself in clothing but to also show those expressions to others. A piece of clothing, boots and glasses can give you an idea of what's someones personality is. For example if a guy is wearing a pair of jordan's you can assume he either likes watching or playing basketball right ? J.J

Anonymous said...

Fashion is one of our many ways to express ourselves without speaking. And a way of peacocking our variety of colors and patterns to possible mates. -AC

Anonymous said...

Fashion and art is what you make it. They both work hand in hand. One would cease to exist without the other being present. It is a way to express beliefs, weaknesses, and strength. It shows people emotions whether it be good or bad.
S.N.

Anonymous said...

The Right to Fashion and The Right to Art are truly two of my favorites rights mentioned in this blog. I think they are vital. Nowadays, in the society and times in which we live today, every individual has the right to express their creativity through fashion and just dress how they want to dress, without the worry of being judged because they don't fit the "norm". In most of these videos, the models were wearing attires that, most of us at least, wouldn't wear. However, that is art. We all have a different taste, so what might be appealing to some, may seen repulsive to others.

AYS

Anonymous said...

Fashion is such a great form of art especially when it uses technology. As technology advances so will fashion. We will see things that we would never have imagined of. These videos are an example of what we can do with what we already have. The videos show a whole different angle that a simple catwalk can't always deliver. Only time will show what we can accomplish

KDP

Anonymous said...

Freedom of Fashion and Freedom of Art are so important because everyone has their own taste in the type of clothes they like to wear or even the type of art they appreciate. Every one has the right to express themselves in whatever they like to wear without worrying about someone judging.

-VC

Anonymous said...

The are many ways that people find there own personal fashion. although for me its music or inspiring lyrics, it makes me be more passionate about fashion. it represents the person I`m today what I do for fun, where do i want to go and meet new people that i can socially interact about the same. if it wasn't for music, I would just be a very boring simple person.
MC-

Anonymous said...

Fashion is ones own unique expression. For me to be able to play with my fashion, allows me to be able to show my diverse personality with my passion in life. Combining different passion and putting them into one tells me a lot about that person.

JA

Anonymous said...

Fashion and art are the best ways human beings can express themselves, and therefore, the best ways we have to express our rights, either if we are having them or if they have been somehow denied to us. Freedom of expression is just one of those rights we have to tell everybody about those other rights we have.

GV

Anonymous said...

Filmmaking has a rich history that started back in 1878, when Muybridge photographed a horse rider in fast motion using a series of cameras. The rider had the typical dress that is still used today by horse riders, which leads me to say that fashion (in styles of dress) has always been important in filmmaking. Nowadays, fashion is an industry on its own that allows expression in more artistic and creative ways using technology, filmmaking being one of its most effective and traditional allies. - IDO (sorry did not sign my previous post)

Anonymous said...

Art is the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination. People use different ways to create art, fashion is one of them. I really like the second video because I believe nature is the one of most beautiful and inspiring source of creativity in our world.

MS

Anonymous said...

It is definitely amazing what we can do to express ourselves artistically. Human beings are so versatile; we can combine multiple types of arts, and with the help of technology create a spectacular fashion show. Fortunately, we also have freedom of expression through our own fashion style, which clearly communicates part of our personality. / A.R.

Anonymous said...

The media plays a very significant role when it comes to fashion. Now a days, fashion blogging and YouTube videos have become popular for spreading trends and fashion tips. Through these networks, readers and viewers all over the world can learn about fashion, making it very accessible.

Anonymous said...

-NAT

Anonymous said...

Freedom of Art and fashion are very important to our current culture because we all have different styles, attitudes and personalities. Everyone has their own opinion on the types of clothes someone would wear, and as well as that, the art that we all look at and appreciate. Everyone has the right to express themselves the way they feel the need to. Us as individuals should not judge a person because of what they have on, or what type of art they like, what they listen to, etc. We can not judge anyone, It’s not in are place to. The only person that can judge someone is God, and we all fail to realize that.

EO.

Anonymous said...

Fashion is not limited to style and the garments we wear, it is also about our way of life and behavior. The right to fashion is a privilege we have in America. However, in countries like North Korea,citizens are force to wear gray uniforms and any fashion statement is consider a sign of weakness and is severely penalize. Lets celebrate the right to fashion by respecting and accepting individual choices.
ATM

Anonymous said...

To me fashion is a form of art. It’s about the freedom of expression, you can tell a lot about a person from the way they dress. For example, back in the day around 1700’s people were accustomed to wearing all black to show or express they were mourning, some people still do that today, however it’s not very common as much as it was back then. Today you can tell things like, what time of clothes, fabric, styles or even colors some one likes by looking at the types of clothes they like to wear. You chose how you want to represent your own body and that is why you are practicing your freedom of expression, art, music, and even dance fall under this category of expressing yourself, this is why it’s important.

AJR

Anonymous said...

Fashion is a form of self-expression, of the time in which you live. It embodies artistic expression; it’s a way to communicate oneself. Fashion changes constantly, it’s something that is very hard to keep up with. Fashion videos are very creative, and have to be eye catching, so that those interested can always be with the times. JAP

Gus said...

As an actor I've learned to embrace artistic and expressive freedoms of not only others but myself. Its a topic with never ending possibilities and an aspect of our right to freedom of expression that our founding fathers most likely didn't ponder upon too long, just as it is overlooked today. Nonetheless, I consider fashion to be an integral aspect of any nation and I enjoyed the videos tremendously, good stuff.
-GV

Anonymous said...

We as Americans have rights that others do not, even those as simple as this right to fashion. To express this right shows the individuality that we each have. I know someone who would always express his right to fashion in a school environment which was very strict; he would always bend the rules so they couldn't do anything about what he wears, so if we really wish to express this right we can no matter what others say.
-Dav. P

Anonymous said...

In this era of fashion, we are comming to what I call,: The end of the rope.
Why?, well because ALL the possible CREATIVITY has already been produced. If you take a look at fashion magazines nowadays, there is NOTHING NEW to look at. Everything has been put out there. We are so futuristic, that even fashion shows with models blowing flames out they're mouths has already been played out. The industry leaves nothing to the imagination we have seen it all.
But, besides that I must say I LOVE FASHION, and in a whole nother sense, the right to self-expression, showed though the clothes you wear should be respected and never judged, unless you are causing physical harm to any other being.
F.P

Anonymous said...

Fashion is your internal creativity exploding outwards. Don't be mainstream, it will make you blend in.

Mercy

Anonymous said...

Fashion is just like art. Your body is your temple so decorated it the way you want. However, it is also an easy access for people to judge immediately without getting to know the person first.
NDC

Anonymous said...

There are different ways to express our opinion. Because of the improvements in technology, cinema has become one of the most important form of expression. While creating a video, we can use several tools to display a multitude of emotions.
HA

Anonymous said...

The right of fashion is a unique individual way to express and present ourselves. When I hear the word fashion, all forms of art come to my mind. Color, shapes, movement, modern, music and even freedom. Thanks to technological advances, all these forms of art and expressions can be combine to make great videos like the ones you presented. But, do you think this videos represent the same for other groups in the world, where woman can only wear those gowns that cover their entire body? Please comment on my question!
Anay R

Anonymous said...

Commenting on the question Anay R has, keeping in mind everyone has their own opinions. I believe the videos had no intention to make the models fully dressed for a specific meaning. What I grasp from these videos is an artist trying to embrace the patters for a stronger statement to the audience. In our century, women have come a long way in society where clothing more or less does not have the same effect it once had in the passed. Also, I like add HA & SG have very good points and i agree with both of them.

JDF

Anonymous said...

Fashion is a universal phenomenon, permanently and constantly renewed. The various angles of analysis allows the connection of interested disciplines such as Economics, sociology, semiology and Rights. As Roland Barthes wrote (one of its greatest scholars) "The absence of Fashion corresponds to a Society completely stagnant." Fashion is intertwined with life, with Freedom and Democracy.


N.

Anonymous said...

I believe that fashion os all depending on who we are. For example, many people may say the way dress is good or bad but, that is fashion to me. although we may follow certain trends, it's who we are that makes fashion. Not so sure if i made my self clear. DR

Anonymous said...

Fashion embodies artistic expression. Everyone has their own right to wear what they want, even when others criticize, and judge them. Fashion is always changing, its actually hard to keep up with, that is if you want to keep up with it. Fashion is pretty repetitive anyway, what is in style will go out of style, and then with time it will be back in style. It’s a form of self-expression, a way to communicate oneself. JAP

Anonymous said...

Even though, I am not a fashionista. I do agree to the right to Fashion and Fashion videos for those who enjoy it. In my perspective fashion is artificial and unnecessary. I would like to share this link with you. These are two forms of expressions from the constellation of expression.

http://www.ted.com/talks/the_lxd_in_the_internet_age_dance_evolves.html

SAMROG

Anonymous said...

Fashion is all about having a balance between comfort and art. Thus, in my opinion making it one of the most difficult art forms to comprehend because it's wearable art that changes over time due to trends. Geoffrey Beene was very well known for this and with his knowledge of the human body, he made fluid clothing like no other at the peak of his career. -LL

Anonymous said...

Fashion is basically dressing freely according to what you like. Fashion is a way of expressing yourself. The right to fashion and the right to art are the same because they both mean expressing your ideas and imagination with the rest of the world.
Fashion varies among cultures,age groups,and even genders. Many make their own fashion while others just follow other people. The right to self expression is very important no matter what way it's practiced as.

JB

Michel Souza said...

As mentioned in your blog-post there are many different ways for people to express themselves. Fashion is one of the many outlets for individuals to express their creativity. The constellation of expression is made up by many subcategories that I wasn't aware existed. Also it is extremely important to understand that not all people interpret things in the same manner. It was really interesting to see the videos on the blog and how they incorporates new and old aspects.

-Michel Souza

Anonymous said...

In todays' world of technology, great ideas and imagination are easier to display together for everyone to appreciate around the glove, than it was many years ago. The fashion industry have taken advantage in using fashion videos as a promotional tool, which makes perfect sense given the highly visual nature of this world. The combination of these many forms of art, have made fashion videos very popular. Fashion is a language that tells a story about the person that wears it, and so are this fashion videos.
Anay R

Anonymous said...

To me the right to fashion comes along with most of our freedoms from that we received from the first amendment, such as the freedom of speech. Even though some people may believe fashion is not important we tend to express ourselves a lot in what we wear or how we choose to color ourselves. That is why in my opinion fashion is an extension of the freedom of speech because it gives us a voice that everyone can see.

AJR

Anonymous said...

The Right to Fashion truly had to be included in the Expression Constellation of Rights. As mentioned in the blog, this right is a mixture of a plethora of other rights put together. The Right to Fashion also represents the society in which we live today. Two hundred years back, no one would have thought about such right, because most individuals before the 1900's were not really into fashion, and mostly dressed similarly. Nowadays, things are different due to the many types of clothing and accessories found in the fashion industry. By taking a look at the "KENZO Resort 2013 Electric Jungle" video, one can see how the fashion world has evolved through time. A blend of ideas from the animal kingdom and clothing can result in a marvelous and breathtaking fashion line. The Right to Fashion gives people the opportunity to dress how they want, and to express themselves freely. It goes hand in hand with the Right to Apparel Choice, mentioned in this blog a while back.

AYS

Anonymous said...

Fashion shows are now more than ever before complete expressions of art. Since 2006 designers like McQueen and Burberry impressed us with the using holograms in the runway. However, the era of digital technology fashion shows offer a unique expression of art, where color, rhythm, magic and shapes enhance the richness and accuracy of its content, allowing us to be part of these master pieces while seating in the front row of our home. / A.R.

Anonymous said...

It is not very often that human rights fight with fashion on the walkway, but recent history suggests that when they do come head to head in a democratic and free society, human rights carry the day. We saw it in France in March 2011 when French fashion powerhouse – Christian Dior – fired its artistic designer, John Galliano, one of the best designers in the business, for uttering racist and hateful comments in a Paris pub. We have to admit that everyone has the right to fashion; we have to accept the fashion without wrong moralist opinions.
JC

Anonymous said...

I never followed fashion cat walks and shows. I believe fashion has died down due to only interesting the older generation. If fashion will progress using technology it will interest all age groups.

KMatos

Anonymous said...

Right of fashion is the freedom that many people identify in wrong moralist opinions. It is an artistic and cultural tradition that never stops excelling. Fashion changes a lot of perspectives, like PETA, they are really against wearing animal skin. They have created numerous campaigns ads advertising what they believe. I personally am not against wearing animal skin, because most of us eat meat, and meat comes from animal. So I feel that its ok to take part in the wearing of animal skin.



--EO

Anonymous said...

Perhaps fashion can be considered as a form of expression. If fact, it is for most people. But put the concept of fashion in the hands of a young girl or boy with thoughts of insecurity, complexes of inadequacy and low self-esteem, and you got yourself a lethal weapon. Fashion, for the youth of today has become a silent, but very powerful enemy. Most young people don’t and will never look like the models that come out in magazines and other media. But they are determined to wear what is in fashion. The result can be disastrous. On the one hand, we end up with plump, even over weight and obese teens who insist on wearing things that are not becoming to their figure, which is the case of the so called low rise jeans, for example. On the other hand, and even worse, we end up with the array of eating disorders that plague our youth. Many young people will stop at nothing to become thin and look like the models in the magazines. This is one of the negative aspects of fashion. Fashion should be a right of self-expression, and not a means to manipulate young people into following a certain image. ATM

Anonymous said...

Even though I have never been a fashion follower, it is interesting to see how technology and specially the Internet have opened a new niche for filmmakers. The new fashion videos are not just a recording of new trends of fashion, but they are an expression of art and creativity. Another creative and interesting expression of fashion is called, "trashion", which is using trash to make cloths and other fashion items to promote awareness of pollution and fund raise money for environmental projects. M.J.

Anonymous said...

Speaking from a film making perspective I think that in Kenzo's video he should have let his clothes speak for themselves. He is very much known for his colorful and bright clothing and with all the extra animation and the crazy editing it overshadowed the product itself. Kenzo's fashion already speaks for itself and it is already eyecatching and different, there doesn't have to be such an animated video to sell the product. -K.V

Anonymous said...

Fashion is identity, not only expression, fashion has been present I all the important moment in human life, this is the reason why we consider important our image and the way we look. Kenzo is expressing the necessities of young people to transmit ideas without use words, cultural development and its influence in clothes, with the use of computers will be a powerful tool in the future.
RC

Anonymous said...

Fashion in my blood,
Everything is vanity,
I am vain in vein.

J.J.

Anonymous said...

Fashion in my blood,
Everything is vanity,
I am vain in vein.
A poem is fashion for words. These videos are art for fashion. They use enchanting music and imagery to display the mood of the garments. We cannot don an emotion as we don this garb, but maybe we can express it in the folds of the fabrics we choose. There is no depth here. All is vanity.
J.J.

Anonymous said...

Lane Crawford makes his video come alive by creating fierce and exploding clothing. Unlike videos 1and 2, the creative layout doesn’t take the attention of the clothes away. Instead, he uses the exploding of clothing idea to make his clothes appear original, and in return, the customer will crave the same affect.

KC

Anonymous said...

I think that short stories are awesome. In my opinion, the girl of the first video should have stumbled upon this psychedelic realm of animal patterns shown in the second video. Once this girl finds this world she can then duplicate herself into four different bodies, each one will then be painted with different animal patterns. Then all the different animals can be captured by the futuristic girl of the third video.
-KG

Anonymous said...


Visually, Lane Crawford makes a brilliant move in collaborating with world re-known photographer and film maker, Nick Knight. Knight’s unique and stunning way of capturing fashion on film made him the perfect candidate to interpret Crawford’s image. The High-strung and tense imagery ties in perfect with the collections look. Its sharp, broken glass feeling captures the curiosity of viewers and further engages them towards the focus of the product.
P.M
KRL

Anonymous said...

In a sense, the Alexander McQueen video is a biography of the designer. We are not only watching an advertisement. We are getting a peek inside the mind of McQueen. Distortion, mirrored images, and repetition are used often to create a sense of mystery. McQueen wanted his clothing to tell a story as well as make the wearer look good. His wearable art establishes a special kind of connection with him. This is his legacy.

-MM

Anonymous said...

From a photography stand point, I did enjoy the vintage and black and white frames. A few had more contrast than others which made the eye work a little harder. As a viewer, some of the clothing and patterns were hard to make out. The visual effects were drowning out the styles. I think there should be move of a solid background so the viewer understands what they are looking at.
JDW

Anonymous said...

Slow motion made McQueen’s collection sophisticated and easier to see the magnificent high quality of each garment. The mysterious video gives people the feeling that McQueen is still alive.
NY

Anonymous said...


How do we break apart from something we are all used to? Shatter the image of what beautiful and modern looks like. For once, maybe Lane Crawford’s fashion video isn’t about selling the design. It’s about reshaping the image of fashion clothes and enhancing the confidence and originality the consumer already has. -SZ

Anonymous said...

“kenzo Resort 2013 electric jungle”
Video

From an artistic point of view; the video is original, and catchy. However I don’t the video sold its message, which was promote someone’s clothe line, and fashion show.
The way I would’ve filmed this is; I would’ve focused on the main point, which means our focal point, - the clothes-, because with everything that is going on in the background, the designer’s line fades into the background itself, the audience’s eyes go straight to the colorful background and etc. instead of the clothes the model is wearing.

AD

Anonymous said...

The Lane Crawford film exuberates fierce confidence and futuristic appeal. The motion of the models creates still pictures throughout each clip while the angles shot allow the viewer a 360 experience. Although I prefer an off centered subject, the symmetrical and central location of the model gives emphasis to the shattered glass causing directness.

CAE

Anonymous said...

Nick knights video is direct; its animated, abstract effect is structured and bold. The sharp graphics and the background color choices are welcoming allowing the fashion and the graphics to pop and capture confidence a great example of visual graphics in modern day.
I.V

Anonymous said...

Nick knights video is direct; its animated, abstract effect is structured and bold. The sharp graphics and the background color choices are welcoming allowing the fashion and the graphics to pop and capture confidence a great example of visual graphics in modern day.
I.V

Anonymous said...

Creating different textiles is important in fashion, maybe this is why Kenzo Electric Jungle took a shot on a wild side. Since the collection is about mixing inspirational patterns, the video transmits energy and catches attention with forms and vibrant colors set that represent the trends of the season.

AE

Anonymous said...

Alexander McQueen’s Autumn/Winter 2013 is a grayscale film presenting menswear and womenswear collection. Through this video we are able to see part of the collection, and still get the feeling of the designer tried to show in every single show, a perception of dead, blurriness, but awesomeness.

-AT

Anonymous said...

McQueen’s and Kenzo's video styles have been used in advertising before. Lane Crawford’s video pushes the boundaries between fashion and technology. Runway shows will use augmented reality and digital graphics to take fashion to the next level of expressionism.
NS

Anonymous said...

To me these videos had nothing to do with fashion. The clothes defiantly played a role but I think the main focus was experimenting with film. The first video was completely black and white. With the absence of color the film maker was able to play with the light. In the second video, it was all about shapes and colors and making things not what they appear. In the last video the film maker worked with the texture in the clothes and amplified them. To sum up, I think all the films are trying to portray illusion.
~LLSE

the trip said...

The Kenzo Video is just mind-blowing. the pulsating color flow was eye-catching,After watching this video, i felt like i had eaten a forbidden fruit and seen a combination of fashion, nature and colors in a new light.