Today’s minimalism may also enjoy such prestige, but its real significance lies in the return to its emphatically artistic roots. Not since the Sixties, Dimant says, has minimalist fashion engaged so intensely with other art forms’ experimental treatments of shape and space. As a result, its creations are “more like wearable sculpture” than ordinary clothing. Costa echoes this view, admiringly referencing Judd’s steel boxes while discussing his own attempt “to express the perfection of the square” in a recent collection based entirely on that elemental form. Underlying both Judd’s work and Costa’s (as well as that of other minimalist designers) is an obsessive, endlessly inventive exploration of proportion and line, surface and structure. It is by striking a delicate balance between complex artistry and purified plainness that the new minimalism manages to whisper “Less is more” and “Look at me” in the same seductive breath.
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