I remember first listening to Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance” during my freshman year of high school. It was easily my summer anthem, and I quickly splurged on the The Fame so that tracks like “Beautiful and Dirty Rich” and “Boys, Boys, Boys” would fill my ears on a daily basis. What struck me—apart from the thick, discotech beats—were Gaga’s avant-garde outfits that transformed her music videos into mini fashion shows.
In the “Just Dance” video, Gaga sported platinum locks and what would soon become her signature lightening bolt face decal. Designers, for example Maison Martin Margiela, take this Gaga-esque makeup routine and incorporate it into their runway shows. Maison Martin Margiela’s fall 2015 couture show exhibits models with streaks of white, taupe and cobalt paint that draws attention to their striking faces and fantastic clothing.
The black-line drawings of models on my crop top resembles those models in the Maison Martin Margiela show. Altogether, the makeup, clothing and model become a work of art as they parade down the runway. I partnered this crop top with my favorite pair of boyfriend jeans and Nikes, which are perfect for backpacking through European streets. Not only does this top pay homage to the idea of fashion as art, but it adds a quirky touch to the rest of my outfit.
When choosing an outfit this summer, keep in mind that fashion is art. If you were the latest exhibit at MoMA or Tate Modern, what would you want museum goers to see? What would you want to evoke?