Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Piet Mondrian. Proto-fashion Theorist

Lauren Palmor


This paper attempts to contextualize Mondrian‘s few writings on fashion within his larger interest in oppositions and the work of early fashion theorists, who similarly framed dress in terms of binaries and antonyms. Like Mondrian, early fashion theorists were invested in ideas of opposition and universality, similarities that suggest that Mondrian may find conceptual allies in the first generation of fashion theorists, particularly J. C. Flügel, Thorstein Veblen, and Georg Simmel. Mondrian‘s largely overlooked approach to fashion theory sheds light on the understanding of his complex aesthetic philosophy, and, while much has been written about Mondrian‘s influence on fashion, there remains a need to navigate Mondrian‘s own inspiration by fashion.

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