“One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.” —Oscar Wilde
Artworks that highlight fashion, which, broadly defined, consists of the various and ever-changing ways that humans dress themselves, ranging from the most basic to the most coveted garments and accoutrements. Depictions of clothing in art speak to many aspects of a culture, from social structures and gender roles to daily activities. Art and fashion have overlapped in ever-increasing ways in the 20th century. Andy Warhol began his career as a fashion illustrator, and carried his penchant for glamorous subjects into some of the most iconic modern artworks. Since then, artists such as David LaChapelle, Marilyn Minter, and Richard Phillips have frequently referred to fashion, celebrity, and consumer culture in both cynical and celebratory ways.