In recent times, fashion finds its way in trending events such as chess. Fashion uses this chance to showcase its capability to the considerable crowds involved. Fashion complements chess, and together they act as a source of motivation for players and fans.
Fashion in Chess Events
Personal stylists use fashion in chess events to display their dress style collections. McQueen used this trick in 2005 to present different images of silhouettes that he had previously introduced in his collection. During the show, he used models that emulated a cheese piece after protrusion of chessboard on the dimmed podium. The funniest thing is that the clothes used in this event were not related to the chess game. Nothing of reference could be drawn from the collection in regards to the game.
The same trick was used to mark the world chess hall of fame in 2013 where several fashion designers showcased different dress styles. The event received a high emphasize in the fashion world. The purpose of the exhibition was to explore the nine sides of the queen stylishly.
Fashion Designers Challenged
With so many fashion events connected to the chess game, there was no chess uniform made. The hyped events did not exhibit an equal effort in familiarizing chess. Personal stylists took chances to reap big from these events. However, the World Chess Hall of Fame partnered with Saint Louis Fashion Fund (SLFF) to benefit the chess game. From this collaboration, a challenge of designing two pieces was born. One piece would show inspiration of the chess game and the other one to be worn by the player during competition. So far, this was the only fashion strategy that recognized chess game and worked towards publicizing it. The challenge incorporated six designers namely Agnes Hamerlick, Allison Mitchell, Charles Smith, Audra Noyes, Reuben Reuel, and Emily Brady Koplar. Each designer was granted a chess grandmaster to consult. Together, they were to evaluate the clothing by chess players and the discomfort that they experienced while playing the game. They also explored the design of an ideal chess uniform. The best designer would win a $ 10,000 prize.
The Contribution of the Partnership
Saint Louis Fashion Fund and the World Chess Hall of Fame are two great institutions with unique potential. The exceptional skills of creativity in mixing art with both companies were expected to come up with a startling combination. They also focus on the cultural features of the game. SLFF removes the stereotyped boring game of white males. The game incorporates science, music, and pop culture to make it witty and good-looking.
The chess game has embraced sophistication through fashion. Chess and fashion stimulate creativity and fascination to attract more chess players. The modern chess players are classy and are dressed to impress. The fashion competitions used in the past have also put the game on the underscore for any willing participant and supporter. Thus, the trend has created a mutual benefit to personal stylists and chess players.