Minimalism – all you need to know
Minimalism is not about less clothes, it’s about sense of proportion despite widespread but wrong public opinion. Nevertheless, more and more people get to know what it is and the more they know the more mistakes they do because it always happens with something popular but almost new to public. However, minimalism is not completely new.
It came out in the limelight in XX century and became extremely popular in architecture, design, fashion, art and music. As a matter of fact it’s more than just one of million styles, it’s a tendency or art movement.
Core of minimalism is relatively simple, elegant design. True beauty of the movement consists of light effects and geometrical forms acting as outlines and guidelines. It’s based on natural colors and textures and simplicity of elements and forms.
First – about history. Minimalism in architecture and design is very close to constructivism of 1920s. But anyway major influence was given by Japanese tradition as it was actually minimalistic for more than 1000 years by that time. This trend gained ground after WWII when West World got access to extremely isolated Japanese society and its culture. As people went oversaturated by heavy and excessive decor and became more about new philosophy and progress, there was a strong need in fresh air called minimalism. German modernist, architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe made phrase ‘Less is more’ his motto and afterwards it became the core of minimalism.
If somebody asked to describe minimalism in few words, they would be: white and other natural shades and colors, less curves and decor and simplicity. That would be probably the most accurate description of the movement in every part of it.
Now more specifically about fashion. Here we have one more rule – focus on quality instead of quantity. As it happened in architecture, minimalism first glimpsed back in 1920s. The world was turned in shambles after WWI and at the same time feminist movement rose and got stronger. So women registered their dissatisfaction with hoop skirts and corsets and gained the right to finally dress themselves without help of maids. New life – new rules. Change in fashion was necessary because of new conditions people had to cope with.
Then after multiple comebacks of the ‘true feminity’ especially in 1950s which excluded minimalism from the prospective, 80s came at stage with the fight for gender equality and career opportunities. But Helmut Lang was the one who made a major breakthrough in the development of minimalism in 90s. He is sure – you need to buy only those pieces that reflect your outlook.
People who live minimalistic say that despite the simplicity of minimalism it’s hard to follow. This means that you need to think minimalistic not only try to be. They say – if your mind is messy, you will never create your own look without any help. By the way not everybody can go ahead and represent him/herself to the world without any decor as it has to be following rules of the movement. Minimalism is about self confidence and self-acceptance that’s why it’s hard nowadays when people try to seem and not to just be themselves.