Dadaism and fashion

November 28, 2009

Dadaism had started in Europe between the two world wars as an art movement that was aimed at discarding everything that was standard in culture. Dadaists had no common point and no specifiv motive, their only aim was rejecting what was prevailing. Without any commonality of motive among the artists, writers and theatre personalities who followed this ism, the movement tended towards anarchyism.

It is today difficult to identify a Dadaist work. Works like Marcel Duchamp’s fountain which is often considered to be the begining of Readymades movement, was also called Dadaist. And similarly the eccentric works of Hanna Hoch was also considered Dadist. Dadism also generated many future genres of art.

It was virtually impossible for the fashion world to remain aloof of Dadism. And Dadaism was perhaps the easiest and the most liberating art movement that the fashionistas could imbibe. In fashion Dadism entered initially through odd fitting dresses for women, then through extra-large sizes of trousers for men. With their sudden rise in popularity, these were soon accompanied with offbeat headgears.

Though Dadism was an art movement, its photography counterpart came via the fashion world. In fashion photography, Dadist ideads helped  photographers to try odd set designs, illusive lighting arrangements and often using combination of lenses to achieve queer images.



3 Responses to “Dadaism and fashion”

  1. This is a very interesting post. I am bookmarking you. Glad you mentions Marcel Duchamp, one of my favorite Surrealist Artists!

  2. Mohit Shah Says:

    However Duchamp was hardly a surrealist. He never remained with any ism for long.

    Do also take a look at our other entry on Op art

  3. lala Says:


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