El Octavo Arte by José María Paz Gago
The ultimate goal of this book is to think fashion. To think fashion in order to understand it and to reveal its hidden mysteries.
In these pages, an intellectual history of fashion is outlined. It analyzes the ideas of philosophers, writers, sociologists, psychologists, and semiologists in its five stages: Beginnings, Art-à-porter, Prêt- À-porter, Trend-à-porter and Net-à-porter, to come to the conclusion that fashion is art, art of seduction.
One of the greatest fashion designers of all time, Cristóbal Balenciaga, already considered himself a total artist, practicing an art that synthesizes all the others.
This vision of fashion as a synthesis of the other arts justifies the label claimed by the author for fashion in this book: Eighth Art.