What is wearable art? Well, if you go by the Wikipedia page, it is “individually designed pieces of (usually) handmade clothing or jewelry created as fine or expressive art.” Wearable art is sometimes referred to as Artwear or “art to wear.” Wikipedia’s contributors elaborate:
While the making of any article of clothing or other wearable object typically involves aesthetic considerations, the term wearable art implies that the work is intended to be accepted as a serious and unique artistic creation or statement. Pieces may be sold and/or exhibited.
Wearable art can be made of any material — leather, metals, plastic sheeting and more — and the category can include jewelry and other accessories.
We like to think of Patrick Michael Accessories as wearable art, but here are some of our favorite pieces of wearable art.
Bet you didn’t even know these were something you could buy for less than the cost of a used car: Wearable art headdresses. Rachel Sigmon, who lives in Kaiserslautern, Germany, makes a living from creating these elaborate, fantastical headdresses that she sells in her Etsy store, PoshFairytaleCouture. All of her pieces are made to order or ready to ship from Germany, and she’ll do payment plans to work with your budget.
In her shop description, Sigmon writes:
I am an artist of sorts. A skilled hairdresser, makeup artist, and artistic headpiece and costume designer along with having a knack for interpretation I enjoy creating results that are magical and exquisite. I love to make items that represent the divine beauty of the luminous feminine. I am a licensed Cosmetologist and I make all my headdress’s, wigs, and headpieces from skratch. [sic] I love sewing unique costumes and making items that make a statement when you walk into a room its ‘ALL EYES ON YOU’!!
We love her headpieces. Some of our current favorites of her wearable art:
Janine Basil’s Hats, Shoe Clips & Other Accessories
Janine Basil makes “retro and geek style” hats, fascinators, headpieces, headbands and hair accessories for “women with a twist of glamour and glitz!” She makes all of her items by hand in her apartment (or “flat,” as she so chicly calls it) in London, UK. She ships worldwide and her adorable, arts- and comic-inspired accessories are all under $390 on her Etsy store. And a great deal of them cost less than $50.
Our favorites of her wearable art pieces available on Etsy:
Artesa’s Paper Dresses and Necklaces
Flavia Lovatelli of Mooresville, North Carolina sells gowns, belts, necklaces and other accessories made from recycled paper on her Artesa Etsy store. She sells these on her Etsy shop. Her gowns are in the we’ll-just-right-click-and-save-a-jpg category (averaging about $5,000), but her belts and necklaces are more affordable. Here are some of our favorites:
Wearable art allows you to express yourself and have fun with style. If you have a minute, check out the pieces of wearable art in our online store by clicking on one of the categories above.