I have always considered fashion to be an art form, as I stated briefly in my first post, but I realize now that I have still been setting it apart from traditional art forms like painting, drawing, sculpture, etc. It's more like the art of architecture, or interior design. It is created for a purpose other than pure creative expression or the desire to convey a particular message. Fashion is based on the practical application of one of the three basic human needs: clothing.
Creating a true work of art that just happens to be in the form of clothing, then, means that I must throw practicality out the window and rely purely on imagination. Ugh. I do not do well with change.