Famed hierarchiologist Laurence J. Peter once said that "originality is the fine art of remembering what you hear but forgetting where you heard it." In this day and age, this quote couldn't be any more relevant; it seems as if everything around us is entirely unoriginal. Everyone looks to the same places for inspiration and ideas are blended together to create common, unsurprising complexities. No one individual seems to exponentially stand out with his or her own exceptional work. There are thousands of authors and bloggers and actors and designers and artists and celebrities in the world, each of whom garner fame for a certain work that is all too similar to those competing against them in their respective professions.
I strongly believed this reinforced notion of grotesque societal unoriginality until I stumbled upon Milan fashion student Bianca Luini's truly phenomenal blog, Where I See Fashion. This budding creative genius stupendously matches fashion-oriented images with stunning artistic and photographic images to form a brilliantly combined graphic. Each match illustrates the connection of shared shapes, concepts, complimentary colors, and moods. Luini's work truly takes visual inspiration to the next level; by sourcing a fashion snapshot to it's artistic background, she opens up a whole new world of understanding and exploration into the strong bond between fashion and art.
After a complete hour pouring through the captivating site, I selected my favorite matches from WISF:
For an individual that is not necessarily interested in fashion, or someone who equates "fashion" with simply "shopping" and "clothes," WISF is pivotal. These collections illustrate the greater importance behind a simple frock or a simple ready-to-wear exhibition; an equated sense of stolen originality is reinforced into the garments to illustrate a richer history, appreciation, and acknowledgment of the beauty and talent that surrounds us, preceded us, and lies ahead of us. Bianca Luini's blog is defying everything Laurence J. Peter ever declared and proved to me that creative geniuses with their own sense of individuality still exist. But what do you think?
All images courtesty of Where I See Fashion.