Across every creative field, from the fine arts to music, there is invariably an avant-garde movement. Fashion is no different.

The use of the term avant-garde is slightly misleading, though. Translated literally, avant-garde means “ahead of the guard”; but, in the context of the arts, it doesn’t imply being ahead of trends. In fact, to be considered avant-garde is to exist outside of the established norms and confines of a discipline. Avant-garde designers are not ahead of trends—they’re immune to them.

While most avant-garde designers offer widely disparate creations, there are some broad stroke aesthetic and ideological commonalities that tie them together.

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