The body can be seen and thought of as a machine, a vehicle, as well as a building. Therefore it could be stated that dressing of an individual provides a definition of personal space as do architectural structures though they are bigger in scale. Fashion and architecture have many connections: they both aim to “make” shelter for the human being and reflect our taste. In this concept, it is widely accepted that fashion and architecture relation started with the earliest men who used the same material for their clothing and for housing/shelter.
Designers who dip their toe into the world of architectural fashion, use building blocks to form the garment. In the same manner that architects
use concrete, glass, bricks etc to construct the building, designers make high fashion dresses. Both architects and fashion designers aim to create perfect, comfortable and beautiful forms for the human body.
Greek architect Viktoria Lytra has created a set of images exploring the relationship and interaction between architecture and fashion. FormFollowsFashion investigates the common purpose of architecture fashion, to create shelter for the human body, placing aesthetic as a common factor in novel approaches to the design of clothes and buildings.
Lytra’s series features various movements and styles, such as minimalism, deconstructivism, and postmodernism, playing on common geometric characteristics such as folks, pleats, curves, prints, and twists.
Here are 10 examples of such iconic buildings;
Silver leather skirt with sharp angles, crisp folds & perforated line
patterns, SS14, Issey Miyake & Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Frank Gehry
Structural mesh used in architecture such as pavillion Metropol Parasol, in Seville Spain, designed by Juergen Mayer reminds of Junya’s Watanabe AW2015 catwalk.
Blurring lines leads to extraordinary shapes that form buildings and garments such as the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health Nevada, USA, by Frank Gehry and Givenchy FW18 runway.
Inflatable structures in fashion and architecture point to art objects. Golden Balloon Installation at Tokyo Mot 2014 exhibition by AMID.CERO9 and Action Dolls Haute Couture AW17 collection by Viktor and Rolf.
Color and undulated planes create a distinctive building in Reversible Destiny Park in Japan designed by architects Shusaka Arakawa and Madeline Gins. A color palette inspired by Lego as well as asymmetrical fabric surfaces dominate the Marni SS16 collection.
Biorhythmic buildings or ‘blobs’, as they called, and clothes emerge from the potential given by new technologies in both design and construction. The Vanke Pavilion at Milan Exhibition designed by the famous architect Daniel Libeskind and garment from the Comme des Garcons AW18 catwalk.
The conical shape used for different reasons, both by Frank Lloyd Wright at the Guggenheim Museum in New York and by Hussein Chalayan in the Table Dress AW2000, created two iconic examples of architecture and fashion.
Pleats till now were considered to be garments’ element. However, pleating in architecture creates unconventional forms such as the
Reggio Emilia train station in Italy designed by the famous architect Santiago Calatrava.
Mirror dress, Haute Couture Spring 2013, Iris van Herpen & Mirror building, Dusseldorf, Frank Gehry
What are the most significant, most beautiful, or most interesting buildings of the past 1,000 years? Some art historians choose the Taj Mahal, while others prefer the soaring skyscrapers of modern times. Others have decided on the Ten Buildings That Changed America. There’s no single correct answer.
Geometrical dress, SS09, Gareth Pugh & Hearst building in San Francisco, Norman Foster.