Some fashion icons are considered as mad due to their eccentric style on stage or in everyday life. It is a question of point of view and their so-called madness can be really subjective. I believe that fashion should be a tool to be used for personal expression. From Marie Antoinette to Lady Gaga eccentric fashion is a fascinating phenomena. It can be used to shock or make a statement, but is never indifferent to the general public.
Grace Jones is seen as the fist black icon in the world of fashion. Her outfits have made her a reference in fashion from the late 70’s. She has been really close to fashion designers like Jean-Paul Goude or artists like Andy Warhol. Her vision of fashion is first of all an artistic vision and it does not matter if she seems mad. She enjoys big hats, “bling-bling” and most of all, she really doesn’t care about your opinion.
“I believe in individuality, that everybody is special, and it’s up to them to find that quality and let it live.”
For an artist and fashion addict like Lady Gaga. Everyday is a representation and everyday is a new opportunity to test the limits of fashion. As she stated “I am trisexual, I love men, women and fashion”, there is a real passion the fashion industry and the other showbiz industries. It has been the perfect occasion for fashion designers like, Alexander McQueen, Donatella Versace, Mugler to work with her. Her eccentric looks on stage as well as in real life are highly criticised by the general public. She is sometimes considered as crazy or mad when she wears a meat dress at the MTV video music awards or wearing highly revealing outfits. She is a great model to show people that being out of the norm is not being mad.
“I’m obsessively opposed to the typical.”
A few designers that wish to remain eccentric through their creations.
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac.