Skin + Bones: Parallel Practices in Fashion and Architecture by Brooke Hodge, Mark Wigley, Patricia Mears, Lisa Mark |, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Skin + Bones: Parallel Practices in Fashion and Architecture

Skin + Bones: Parallel Practices in Fashion and Architecture

by Brooke Hodge, Mark Wigley, Patricia Mears, Lisa Mark
     
 
The first comprehensive examination of the many overlaps and visual and intellectual principles that unite fashion and architecture.

In recent years, the boundaries between architecture and fashion have become increasingly blurred, and this beautifully illustrated new book explores the intersections and concepts that underlie the two disciplines. Both

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The first comprehensive examination of the many overlaps and visual and intellectual principles that unite fashion and architecture.

In recent years, the boundaries between architecture and fashion have become increasingly blurred, and this beautifully illustrated new book explores the intersections and concepts that underlie the two disciplines. Both architecture and fashion are based on the human body and on ideas of space, volume, and movement. Each functions as shelter or wrapping for the body—a mediating layer between the body and the environment—and can express personal, political, and cultural identity.

Fashion designers and architects share much of the same vocabulary and similar techniques of construction: pinning, darting, folding, wrapping, draping. Fashion designers have always been able to achieve complex, often architectonic garments using fabric. Today, many architects are looking to fashion and techniques of tailoring as they attempt to achieve more and more complex forms using hard materials.

The book focuses on the period 1980 to the present and includes forty-six architects and fashion designers from the United States, Europe, and Japan. The featured designers include Issey Miyake, Junya Watanabe, Alexander McQueen, Hussein Chalayan, and Vivienne Westwood, among others. The architects include Herzog & de Meuron, Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry, and Eisenman Architects. 530 illustrations, 500 in color.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Through March 2007, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA), Los Angeles, is mounting an exhibition exploring the cross-fertilization of two seemingly disparate disciplines�high fashion and cutting-edge architecture. This exhibition catalog, itself a gorgeous object befitting the rarefied milieus into which it delves, juxtaposes the work of some 40 international fashion designers and celebrity architects. Glamorous runway photos, dazzling computer-rendered drawings, and slick layout and typography are featured throughout (500 color and 30 b&w illustrations in all). The catalog's principal authors, curators from MoCA and New York's Fashion Institute of Technology, argue that a late 20th-century convergence of computer technology and deconstructionist philosophy has engendered an aesthetic from which fashion and architecture share to an unprecedented degree sources of inspiration, styles, and techniques. This thesis, articulated in prose at once academic and breathlessly promotional, may be relevant at the high end of the fashion world and to what is sometimes called "starchitecture," but it is unconvincing outside those realms. Recommended only for libraries supporting fashion design programs and comprehensive collections in contemporary architecture.
—David Soltesz

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500513187
Publisher:
W W Norton & Co Inc
Publication date:
10/30/2006
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 12.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Brooke Hodge is Curator of Architecture & Design at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. There are also texts by Patricia Mears and Mark Wigley.

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