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catx

(e) None of the above.

It seems more like attention grabbing marketing to me. Schiaparelli and Dali were both consummately capable artists in the traditions of their craft, as well as exceedingly creative and innovative in extending (or distorting, if you prefer) their art.

I don't see that talent in Moschino, at least as presented here. The cut of the garments is bland, and the attention grabbing additions are poorly implemented, at best.

Rachel

Hmmm...I've been thinking about your comment, Catx. I think that part of what you're saying is that he's covering old ground and not pushing the boundaries of what Surrealist art could/can be. The Surrealist "moment" occured during the 1930s and was in response to a very particular cultural situation. Does Moschino's work, outside of this specific context, simply become gimmicky?

anna

Though I think the artists in the surrealist movement had a bigger impact because of the time they were living in, I can still appreciate a designer like Moschino who both keeps a sense of humour about his designs while maintaining a practical aesthetic (not that I am dismissing the un-practical; there is a time for the ridiculous as well, but I think it takes a certain amount of skill to pull off a type of refined kitsch).

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