Chiaroscuro is the use of strong contrasts between light and dark, usually bold contrasts affecting a whole composition. It is also a technical term used by artists to achieve 3 dimensional volume. What better place than to explore this technique of the light side and the dark side other than in fashion. Designing with a 'chiaroscuro' attitude of light and dark can bleed into many areas for effect. In terms of color, we obviously have strong contrast created utilizing black and white. Fabrications are another element which can give strong opposing statements. Kid white leather paired against black latex; clear plastic and black PVC. Imagery is another source. Hard against soft, open verses closed, revealed against restrained. And then we have the sexuality in which fashion can ignite. The light and dark of it. The bareness of skin although harnessed. The femininity revealed but restrained. Opposites do attract to create high impact both in art as well as on the runway.