There are a lot of qualms as to whether fashion is art.
Personally, I consider it difficult to make any clear definitions, particularly in today's notion of the 'fashion industry' and its encouragement of disposable, fast textiles driven by an oversaturation of advertising campaigns. In this midst, the true artisanship and pleasure of fashion can be lost, and even those who attempt to seek this purely abstract pursuit of beauty or meaning through fashion inevitably segue into the mainstream anyway. It is a business in the end.
At what point does fashion become considered as art? What fashion is art? Who decides if this is the case? I think these are pointless questions in the end. I doubt that fashion alone is art. Fashion is the platform for art and creativity- if we allow it to be so, though we may not choose to enjoy it in this way.
I think these photographs are a testament to the infinite horizons of fashion from one point of view - that is in the fantasy beauty of makeup and photography. What are your thoughts and opinions? I would love to know. Is my question even relevant to you? How do you define art?
P.S. I originally intended to post these photos for a lighter cause (not sure what happened to that) - in the mood of the festive season! : Why not put the party on our faces? If we dare...