Dissertation On Fashion And Architecture

I do not often present to you the inspirational relationship between different design areas (Fashion,Jewelry,Product Design,Design cars, architecture etc.).

But it is familiar to all who is engaged in design….

This is my second post that examines the complex inspirational relations between architecture and fashion….architecture inspired from fashion and fashion from architecture.

Here are two examples that may represent this mutual relations….

For you to judge….

Yokohama International Port Terminal

Viktor + Rolf

Thanks to the holding the line blog that was my inspiration for this post.

Fred & Ginger

Frank O. Gehery

“Dancing  House”

Prague 1992-1996

From  Eliinbar’s Sketchbook 2012-The Mutual Relations between architecture and Fashion


You are invited to visit my relevant posts:

Are Issey Miyake’s pleats, the Inspiration Sources of Zaha Hadid ,Grimshaw and Sinclair,Knight & Merz? https://archidialog.com/2012/03/14/

Buildings  https://archidialog.com/2010/01/14/


in my Facebook

Like this:



This entry was posted on June 29, 2012 at 8:47 am and is filed under buildings with tags architecture, CONSCIOUS INSPARATION PAGE, Dancing House, fashion, Frank O. Gehery, Fred & Ginger, inspirational relations, Viktor + Rolf, Yokohama International Port Terminal. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

Other Contributors:Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture.

Advisor:Ann Pendleton-Jullian.

Department:Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture.


At this moment in the twentieth century the discussions about architecture and fashion have suddenly become "in fashion". To many the topic seems suddenly timely or trendy, but unlike theories comparing the artificial construct of the surface of clothes and the surface of buildings, writings about the fashionable in architecture,and the architectonics of clothing and styles of architecture, my inclusion of these two seemingly disparate topics will try to begin beyond the obvious parallels into ideas of construction, production and consumption. Where as fashion has always been criticized by those with little to do as an artificial and superficial construct of vanity, architecture has had some measure of respect both as a pursuit of beauty and an expression of our culture. But while in the process of researching of the topics, the similarities and overlaps between the two began to resonate more and more loudly. Many obvious parallels exist (metaphor of skin/surface, issues of identity/time, methods of construction/production) ... It however begins with their similarities as industries- "both are situated (in) between economic and symbolic / artistic fields (;) they have similar conditions of production -team work, use of model, etc. - and similar conditions of consumption, in which the distinctiveness of the original product is wasted away through diffusion." But to the untrained eye (namely mine) the fashion industry appears more resilient and more resistant to the economic forces whose mechanisms conspire to control it. Or perhaps fashion seems more capable of using the mechanisms of capitalism (production, marketing, and distribution) for its growth and evolution. My interest, therefore, was partly a desire to establish a new paradigm with which to evaluate the industry of architecture. In fashion, in the condition of "between" perhaps architecture can find new strategies to resist the crises - in new methods of construction, production, distribution, and advertisement. ReDressing Architecture: (the Architecture of a Fashion WORK/shop), will somehow refer to the conditions of "betweeness." In between the production and the commodification of fashion and architecture,in between the concrete presence of the body and its more elusive containers, clothing skin/building surface, in between the industrial and technological era, in-between the individual and his/her relationship to a building and a building's relationship to the city. By using the methodologies of fashion and architecture as a vehicle, I propose a new paradigm with which to evaluate the industry of architecture and fashion, through the condition of "between" perhaps architecture can find new strategies in methods of construction, production, and commodification ....


Thesis (M.Arch.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Architecture, 2002.; Includes bibliographical references (p. 94-95).


Show full item metadata

0 Replies to “Dissertation On Fashion And Architecture”

Lascia un Commento

L'indirizzo email non verrà pubblicato. I campi obbligatori sono contrassegnati *