Uniform Dressing: Pablo Picasso Edition
I've always had something of a fascination with how artists dress. I mean, I have a fascination with how everyone dresses, but artists invite my particular curiosity. Why? Above all, I think it's because they have usually spent a lot of time inside themselves exploring who they are. I also happen to think that people with a sense of style, real style, have done the same internal work.
So it would seem when an artist puts something on their body, it is the result of this very thoughtful reflection and keen awareness of self. I think about some of my favorite artists, across media, including Gustav Klimt (painter), David Gilmour (guitarist and general gift to humanity), and Picasso and the interesting thing is this: they're usually wearing the same thing. A uniform chosen by artists who are anything but; people who have disrupted their respective art forms, changed the game and widened our horizons by not conforming to what is same, wearing the same thing. How interesting.
My hunch on this is that people who dig really deep and emerge knowing themselves in a fundamental way end up being so comfortable in their own skin, that they don't even need to vary their second skin- what they wear (like Fatoumata Diawara). Of course artists have different media; perhaps if your form of artistic expression is painting, you have less of a need to pour your creativity into what you wear, because your genius is being harnessed elsewhere. Or maybe, your artistic expression is what you wear, as it is for these three women, not to be confused with these Three Musicians.
Pablo Picasso was at home in a striped shirt, variations on which are pictured below.
His affinity for stripes didn't end in the closet, but translated, at least on a few occasions, to the canvas as well.
I'm so curious about the concept of dressing in a uniform, and so struck by this idea of knowing oneself so well, that a uniform, rather than a constraint, seems just what you want to wear to feel free. What about you? Are you a uniform dresser? Are you inspired when you see someone who is? Let's talk about it.
Until then, here's wishing that you also feel free to take your shirt off, put on a wide-brimmed hat and get to the business of being you.