In addition to getting some scoop during the talk that Costa and Pawson might team up on a shoe collaboration, we chatted with the fashion designer afterwards for a little one-on-one about the role art plays in his life.
StyleList: The topic of tonight's talk was minimalism. Is your space at home as minimalist as your designs?
Francisco Costa: My space is reductionist. I remember last Christmas season I had tons of paperwhite plants in the house because I like to garden and I love the way they smell. I had like 15 pots all over the house and and all of a sudden I came home and chopped them off and left only the sticks. So, that's interesting that there was a total instinct for a reductionist sensibility. Personally, I don't think that you're born with these sensibilities, but I'm in a spirit right now where I'm enjoying reductionism. It makes me more conscious of the things that I really want to have.
StyleList: What type of art is hanging on your walls at home?
FC: I have Jeff Koons, I have Mapplethorpes. I have some things that people don't know of. I love minimalist and right now I'm more in the spirit of not having anything on my walls, and I'll get to that. Right now I don't feel like buying or having, but just appreciating. I feel like it's more fun to go to a museum and get a jolt of the pieces there. I don't feel like I have to own art, but the knowledge of it is very important.
StyleList: Do you consider fashion art?
FC: Fashion is not art, but it's highly influenced by the things that are around like art and the street. When you think of art, you think of fearlessness and a true expression of one's mind. That's the brilliance of it. But fashion is a function. Fashion is a business and a reality and it has to fulfill some purpose. It has to fit into a lifestyle and be appealing to people.
StyleList: Perhaps it's more similar to architecture then.
FC: I find architecture fascinating because you build something over ten years or twenty years and fashion is in much shorter cycles. It's really an evolution.
In related Art Basel news: read up on Charlotte Ronson's take on the 'Is Fashion Art?' debate.