When we talk about art, we are usually referring some kind of painting or drawing on a canvas - or piece of paper if we are admiring our children's work - but the term 'art' actually has a very broad meaning. These days it can refer to any form of creative outlet, whether it be acting, writing, dance, or even a pile of banana skins pile up on public display. While a lot of us may call that rubbish, it is hard to deny that art can mean just about anything.
Our clothes for instance. At one time in history they were no more a form of art than a dishwasher or fridge are now; they were just a practical piece of material designed to keep us on. As the centuries went on, clothes began to become more of a fashion statement; they would indicate a person's status, style, and personality. Practicality and comfort were no longer a concern - as many a corsetted woman would tell you. Now in the 21st century, fashion is considered an Art. So what is it that makes something art? Perhaps it is when an item is crafted without the intention of it having a purpose or function. Maybe art is just unpractical enjoyment.
And hey, what's wrong with that? Nothing as far as I'm concerned. If you are looking for some unpractical enjoyment, then head over to Swarovski Whitechapel Gallery on Thursday 14th March 2013. Every year the Whitechapel Gallery have an Art Plus Party; a a unique event, which explores the dynamic fusion of the visual arts with other cultural forms including drama, dance, film, music and opera. This year they celebrate the fusion between Art and Fashion in Art Plus Fashion.
There will be major names from the world of fashion, including Giles Deacon, Bella Freud, Marios Schwab, and Nadja Swarovski, who will be judging London's latest postgraduate designers in Whitechapel's first ever catwalk show.
The evening will begin at 7.30pm with an art auction, followed by Whitechapel's first ever catwalk show, featuring designs by London's latest postgraduates. The show will be judged by major names from the world of fashion, including Giles Deacon, Bella Freud, Marios Schwab, and Nadja Swarovski.
The party lasts until 2am, and you will be able to listen to celebrity DJs such as Gilles Peterson and Sir Norman Jay, nibble on canapés, and drink cocktails. Tickets are £150.