Alain de Botton

Fashion and Philosophy

Should fashion be more meaningful? Every few decades the question gets asked, and as we move into the 21st century’s teen years, it has rolled around again, thanks to a pair of surprising collaborations.

After the Aesthetic Dress movement of the 19th century; after the love affair between fashion and art (Schiaparelli and the Dadaists; Nicole Farhi and sculptor Benedetta Mori-Ubaldini, whose wire animals are currently showcased in the designer’s London shop windows); after a flirtation between style and literature (Zandra Rhodes and Celia Birtwell have designed book covers for Penguin and White’s Books’ edition of Wuthering Heights respectively) comes… fashion and philosophy.