First just to say few words about subculters and what they really are? Subculters are social and cultural phenomenons which are connected to present cultural strives. So we can say, the subculters are trending anti-appearences in visual, musical, theatrical wise, or in art and society in general. What I mean by "anti-appearences" etrm is that they are the consciously separated from conventional society and cultural mode. What is most intriguing the oxymoron nature of it; haute couture as a symbol for tradition and by cannons strongly framed expressions at the other, and very modern and avant garde expression at the other side, in form of a subculture.
So let us see how this transferes in haute couture! For example the influences of punk for which is very known couture of Vivienne Westewood. She wasn´t only the pioneer of this subculture, she really well infiltrated it in her couture experience. Very messy and intentionally "no belle" couture was transformed in punkish flared couture with strong visual features. Here are some of examples in pictures below:
Or another example is very postmodern theatrical approache which can be seen in Serbian designer based in London, Marko Mitanovski´s work. He combines theatre with dark-ish mood making haute couture very gorgeously dramatic and nostalgic. And with a hint of fixation at subculture of fetish we get even more decadent but by adoration worthly ensembles. Check the in the photos below:
Of course gothic is very known postmodern subcultural feature. It comes in very darkly opulent designs, making that old-new motive in neoromantic interpreted highlight which is often to be seen in very artistic and avant garde fashion. The pioneer of this expression was defenitely Alexander McQueen. This frame of gothic gave him the innumerous spectrum of creating the most inspiring savage couture which became a cult in visual sense.
So as you can see, couture has so many faces. It is not just pretentious high fashion with "belle epoqe" flare to it. It is pure art, an art which can be part of museum installments and illuminate that Friedrich Hegel´s "brightness" which is main characteristic for an art piece. We are lucky to be the whitnesses of this great couture which has escaped from subcultural tendencies and has become an ultimate fashion and art in general!
Do you like this kind of couture?
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