By: Furqaan Afzal
What is an Architectural- Fashion?
•Fabrics as a building materials, creating both hard and round lines.
•Oversize proportions, exaggerated angles
•Strong silhouettes with emphasis on structure, shape and form.
•Major pleats, folds, pinning, layering, surface texture and threedimensional designs.
•Pierre Balmain (1914-82) declared, “dressmaking is the architecture of
movement,” believing “nothing is more important in a dress than its
•With his structured approach to design, Gianfranco Ferré (1944-2007) was
known as “the architect of fashion.”
• Not uncoincidentally, both Balmain and Ferré held degrees in architecture.
Fashion is Architecture
Architecture and fashion have a lot in common, both, designer and architect
use geometry to generate forms, they create structure, design lines and
• As Coco Chanel said: “Fashion is architecture. It is a matter of
• That fashion and architecture have a great deal in common may be
surprising given the obvious differences between the two.
• Fashion can often be ephemeral and superficial, and uses soft, fluid
materials; whereas architecture is considered monumental and
permanent, and uses strong, rigid materials.
• Regardless of differences in size, scale, and materials, the point of origin
for both fashion design and architecture is the human body both
practices protect and shelter us, while providing a means to express our
identities whether personal, political, religious, or cultural.”
on his fall collection: “Walking to work each day between
Chelsea and the Meatpacking District I get to enjoy all sorts
of views of Frank Gehry’s building, from which I got a lot of
the impetus for this collection.”
(Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz) has also channeled Gehry’s soft lines,
•Last October, the 27-year-old avant-garde designer Gareth Pugh
presented a collection of armor like outfits — “a modern warrior,” he
called the aesthetic — bringing engineered clothing to new heights.
•The current designers, Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto
Rimondi, are carrying the label’s lineage into the future, with “the
introduction of new, more fluid fabrics that enable the hard architectural
shapes to become softer and more feminine.”
•The Swedish designer Sandra Backlund doesn’t look at
architecture for direct inspiration, but admits, “I am very
fascinated by all the ways you can highlight, distort and
transform the natural silhouette with clothes and
Worlds Most Futuristic
The Superstar was designed by
Chinese architects. “A Mobile
China Town” with shopping
malls, Chinese food restaurants,
and other cultural exhibitions.
The Superstar will provide
housing for 15,000 inhabitants
who will enjoy health and sports
facilities, drinking water lakes,
and a “digital cemetery” among
Architecture is making its presence felt in cutting-edge fashion.
Although the relationship between architecture and fashion was
recognized more than a century ago, the connection between them has
rarely been explored by historians, designers or practicing architects.
The Fashion of Architecture is the first attempt to investigate the
contemporary relationship between architecture and fashion in
considerable depth, by examining the ideas, imagery, techniques and
materials used by visionaries such as Martin Margiela, Issey
Miyake, Alexander McQueen, Tadao Ando and Daniel Libeskind.
As mavericks ranging from Hussein Chalayan and Rei Kawakubo to
Rem Koolhaas and Zaha Hadid describe architecture’s role in the
formation of fashion identities, new readings of both areas emerge.