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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Your Heart on Your Sleeve and Art Around Your Neck

If you love art, what better way to show it than by wearing it? Although women usually have all the fun in fashion, men get their chance as well with colorful, beautiful art neckties. Neckties are a sophisticated accessory and are often, for men, the best way for them to express themselves through their wardrobes. And if the necktie actually depicts a work of art, it will enhance the artistic expression of its wearer even more.

There is no end to the variety of art you can find depicted on a necktie. The most common approach is to reproduce art masterpieces onto fine art neckties, similar to posters or lithographs. The most popular of these depict works by Monet, Van Gogh, DaVinci, Toulouse Lautrec, Picasso, Cezanne and other popular artists. Many of these are works of art in themselves, reproduced onto the finest silks and hand sewn. 

Another way to make art into neckties is for an artist to create original works directly onto the ties themselves. The method can involve hand painting on silk using acrylic paint, oils or pen and ink, or by airbrushing or silk screening. All of these techniques create unique, and uniquely beautiful, neckwear.

Fashion is often influenced directly by art and is a way for the wearer to display style and personality. Wearable artwork is a literal interpretation of the desire we all share to express ourselves. And the trend has been around for a long time.

Salvador Dali was actually the first to turn art into ties. He made ties, called “Dali Ties”, that were exact reproductions of his paintings. He believed all people, not just those who were wealthy enough to afford his original art, should appreciate art and that neckwear was the perfect way to make that happen. His foresight led to the wide range of accessible, wearable art images we enjoy today.

Other styles of art ties have appeared and become popular in the past few decades. In the 1970s, Peter Max started making beautiful, fine Italian silk ties from his colorful, psychedelic designs. They are now hot collectors’ items. And nowadays, the most popular images in art history, including Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”, Edvard Munch’s “The Scream”, the “Mona Lisa” and just about anything else you can think of, are all available to wear in the form of art ties.

In a less classic vein, contemporary artists such as Keith Haring and rocker-turned-artist Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead also had their work made into neckties. These non-conformist pieces became even more popular after the artists’ deaths and are now sought-after by those who want to show a bit of rebellious spirit in their wardrobes. Recently, the tattoo art of California artist Ed Hardy has become a popular motif for ties.

What you choose to wear on your art necktie makes a statement in itself. Are you “The Thinker”? Or Michelangelo’s “David”? Would you like to show your sophistication with a surrealist Dali motif? Or your classic good taste with Monet’s “Water Lilies”? As in art, so as in life: the possibilities are endless.


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