The Baroque issue

Being Baroque is it still cool today? When you think of something Baroque, it refers to an artistic movement that was developed in the seventeenth and eighteenth century, from Italy, and in most of Europe and Latin America.

Anti-conformist is the expectation we put behind a Baroque “thing”. At the origins it meant to be a cultural, artistic trend that knowledgeable people opposed to Classicism, just because this movement put a premium on sensitivity on the top of everything else. It affected literature, theater, architecture, philosophy, painting, and arts…

Re-examine the modern Baroque meaning and you will be surprised to find out some strong eccentricity flavor in something “Baroque” nowadays. Indeed, having some “baroque” ideas, being a baroque character sounds like being in a rupture with some convention or with some norms, and sometimes, it brings the challenge to the next level: redefine a standard.

Of course, artists know how to cultivate this state of mind, that’s why we are fascinated and influenced by those creative energies. Oscar is one of them. When I met him for the first time in Taipei, I found something eccentric and Baroque in his styling skills to propose a new definition of fashion fabric materials beyond simply textile.

Question is: how much Baroque could we be today? When I look back in the Art History, I realize that people who seize the moment to provide new lenses to envision creation achieved greater than others in terms of artwork production. That explains why we believe in Shu-Kai Lin to depict a new perception of visual mental projection.

Unlike the traditional and classic conception of splitting fashion and art, we are going to reconcile the two together in a Baroque “Chinoiserie” fashion story. What we present there, is how to rev the Fashion & Beauty history of Art in a vibrant tribute to the mutual influences between western and oriental art dynamics.

Enlightened by the past, we will enrich your taste about sartorial men elegance from the highest bespoke standards of tailoring. Actually, Revver is like a little workshop in Savile Row where each individual is a craftsman animated by the desire to be Baroque…

編者的話:巴洛克
什麼是巴洛克風格,指的是十七和十八世紀在歐洲和拉丁美洲的所發展出的意大利式文藝復興運動,而在現今這個時代,巴洛克風格還是很酷嗎?還流行嗎?在今日,我們把巴洛克這個詞彙用來解釋一種反循規蹈矩的態度,這起源於當時的一種文化運動,順應藝術潮流的有識之士開始反對當時的古典主義,只是後來這個運動不僅僅是讓當時的價值觀重新演繹,而它影響的層面更橫跨了文學、戲劇、建築、哲學、繪畫、藝術…等,重新審視現代巴洛克風格的含義,你會驚訝地發現“巴洛克”在現今社會已被解釋成一種創造的能力,事實上有一些“巴洛克式”的想法,就像在對一些制度與規範的破壞,有時它挑戰的甚至是一些你覺得既定的標準。當然,藝術家們都有著這樣的創新思想,這就是為什麼我們對那些滿富創造力的人、事、物會深深著迷。Oscar(奧斯卡)是其中之一,當我第一次在台北見到他時,我發現了一些古怪和巴洛克的氛圍存在於他的造型能力中,它提出了超越傳統服裝設計對織物材料的新方法和定義,多吸引人啊!!
問題是有多少這樣的『巴洛克式的可能性』在我們身邊呢?當我回頭看我們的藝術史,我意識到誰抓的住時機,提供新的視覺想像,創造出來的藝術作品就會得到比別人更多、更好的回應,這就是我們為什麼相信林書楷的作品會給我們帶來新的視覺觀念。

而這次我們以『巴洛克』和『中國風』兩者為主題的時尚故事,就是以分裂時尚與傳統藝術的一個概念,呈現融合西、東方的服飾與彩妝,並以敬畏的心情去表現藝術史上那個充滿活力並相互成長的美好時代。而藉由過去的啟發,我們將男裝如何從平凡的裁縫演進至優雅的男仕高級定製服的過程介紹給大家。說穿了,這次Revver的工作夥伴們就只是像Savile Row的小作坊裡那些充滿“巴洛克慾望”的小工匠們,想呈現給你們一些的顛覆而已…