Since antiquity and the greek and roman statuary, the drape took an important place in art.
La Valse of Camille Claudel
But this technique of the drape in art is also one of the more difficult one because it has recourse to perspective, a game of light and shadow in all nuances. This demands a lot to succeed a real effect to have a drape on a body or an object. That must reproduce the lightness, nearly moving of the fabric, falling like a cascade, fluidity.
During the Renaissance period it was a way for artists to mesure to the other and compare their technique and virtuosity. It was the theme of studies (more especially for drawings). It was a real art challenge, competition.
Painters, drawers, sculptors, photographs as well as fashion designers… the drape effect is a fascination, an ambition, an obsession. The drape is elegant, warm and offers a confort, volume to the eye.
Today this technique is still a good way for students in art to feel the effect of light and shadow.