Haute couture is often referred to as a dying art. There were once over one hundred couture houses, but that number has decreased rapidly with time. As each piece is hand-made for its customer from expensive fabrics, and sewn with extreme detail by only very capable and experiences seamstresses using often time-consuming techniques, the prices of haute couture pieces are unimaginable to those without a large fortune of money. Still, with the tremendous costs of making the garments, even after selling however many hand-made pieces, haute couture is known for being unprofitable, and as such, more and more houses continue to cease creating couture collections. The existing collections are shown on the Paris runways to fashion editors, critics, celebrities, and couture “club-members” who are able to afford the garments season after season, while the rest of us are only able to see these one-of-a-kind clothes on our computer screens. The prices are known only by the designers and their customers. For the rest of the world, haute couture is only an idea—a fantasy. The clothing is so much more than mere clothing; it is an art form, and perhaps the purest in fashion.
For two years, artist Ernesto Artillo has been creating collages. Ernesto’s interest in collage art began when he was a child and saw his father creating in the medium, although for his father, it was only a hobby. The artist still has some of his father’s work, and cherishes his favorites in his home in Madrid. “I started painting when I was really young,” he tells us. “Then I started taking pictures, and when I started University, I focused on fashion and advertising. Now, I just mix all these disciplines in my collages.”
Ernesto begins his collages by cutting out pieces of his own photographs or existing prints, along with pieces from magazines. He then adds texture and paint and places the pieces together without gluing them. “This allows me to see how the shadows work,” explains the artist, “and how the totality might look.” Finally, Ernesto takes a picture of his result.
As part of each motif, the contributors of Motive Magazine will form a playlist that reflects their work and the overall mood of the motif as a whole. The playlist will act as a musical accompaniment for you as you experience Motive. As a little sneak-peek of “Wonderland”, each track comes with individualized album art featuring a piece by the contributor who chose the song to represent their work as well as a look into their own personal wonderland. You can download the official playlist of “Wonderland” here.