Clothing is forever, just like art. Clothing must become art again and stop being just fashion.
In 1949, Hundertwasser was travelling through Italy when he met the French artist René Brô, who amazed him with his peculiar clothing style. Inspired, Hundertwasser began making trousers and shoes for himself; later he designed clothes and caps to be sewn, and pullovers and socks knitted. He became a forerunner of the Creative Clothings Movement.
In 1982 the French edition of Vogue invited Hundertwasser to design a suit and write about fashion for the magazine. He summarised his ideas in the manifesto “On the Second Skin” (1982/1983), where he railed against conformity, fashion and clothing that’s anonymous, average and symmetrical.
If the Second Skin is taken ill or is made uniform or is not in keeping with man, doesn’t befit man, then man, i. e., the organism situated beneath it, will also get sick. And that is one of the main reasons why our civilisation today is sick...
Finished-part production and factory-made garments are removing us farther and farther from the creative design of our own clothing, which is not just something which one wears on the outside. For clothes make the man. That is not just a proverb, that’s a fact, the truth. 1982