What is Avant-garde Fashion?
For most fashionistas of the 21st century, nothing is more important than standing out with what they’re wearing. Ask yourself, do you like the idea of wearing something forgettable that lets you blend in with the crowd too much, or would you rather stand out when wearing something eye-catching and unique? Mull that one over while you read the rest of this article.
It goes without saying that when it comes to fashion, more people these days prefer to stand out with what they’re wearing. If you ask me, this is probably due to society’s growing awareness of fashion trends and styles—you have the Internet to thank for that.
This doesn’t really come as a surprise, seeing as how fashion is one of the easiest ways for you and everyone else to stand out on the street. Avant-garde fashion is the current craze today, with eclectic fashion designs becoming more commonplace on the streets of many countries across the world. Gone are the days of avant-garde being exclusive to the runways of Paris, London, and Milan.
So what exactly is avant-garde fashion all about?
To best describe what avant-garde fashion is all about, it would best for you to learn about its origins. Bear with us here for a second, while we give you a brief history lesson.
Avant-garde, when placed in the context of the arts and entertainment, refers to an artistic departure from conformity. It’s a movement that basically goes against traditional values and standards—going against the flow, as they say. For the fashion world, avant-garde has a pretty similar meaning. It's fashion that defies styles that are considered normal by mainstream society. How does the picture of someone wearing sharp tops, military boots and a skirt strike you? That’s just a taste of what avant-garde fashion is—mind you, some people would even consider my example above as a bit mild.
If you ask a fashion designer what avant-garde fashion is, you’d most likely hear the words, eclectic with flair, ultra-modern, and elegant yet shocking. Indeed, avant-garde fashion thrives in the unusual and oftentimes, the weird. Unusual shapes and lines are used, and the weirder an outfit may look to casual observers, the better it will be for designers.
It’s also for this reason why avant-garde fashion is somewhat intimidating to the mainstream community. This type of fashion is after all, far beyond what anyone would normally wear on the street. Indeed, it takes a certain type of flair for a fashionista to pull off this eclectic look, and we honestly think it’s necessary for you to have a bit of a theatrical side in order to look good, not to mention feel good inside. If you’re the shy and introverted type for example, then you’re likely to find it difficult to wear clothes on the street that are flamboyant. You really need to have that perfect balance of elegance, confidence and daring in order to wear avant-garde styles successfully.
Avant-garde clothes are often described as futuristic, innovative and shocking. The descriptions aren’t unfair either. The eclectic mixture between fashion and art found in avant-garde pieces can indeed raise some eyebrows, with words such as weird, garish, and strange easily thrown around when describing the fashion movement. Avant-garde clothes are meant to be unusual; the goal behind them is to catch the eye, instead of just fading into the backdrop of a hundred people on the street. In order to look good in avant-garde fashion, one’s mindset also needs to be avant-garde itself. You need to have a certain attitude—a spunk if you will—in order to wear such eclectic clothes in style.
Sounds like a description of yourself? Well go ahead, mix and match your wardrobe and unleash the confident you. Avant-garde fashion just might be the right stuff for you.