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Thursday, April 17, 2008
Show Your Bones...

The Skin + Bones: Parallel Practices in Fashion and Architecture exhibition is coming to London next week after starting in 2006, with displays in L.A. and Tokyo.
It's an exhibition that celebrates the increasingly intertwining practices of architecture and fashion which began in the 1980s. The concept is based on the idea that both fashion and buildings are designed to shelter and protect bodies, and it examines the ways that architecture and fashion have overlapped and learned from each other in terms of construction, materials and technology.

The Yokohama International Port Terminal, YokohamaPhoto © Satoru Mishima

It features the work of 46 internationally renowned and prominent figures in the fashion and architecture world; architects including Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid and Future Systems, are joined by the likes of Vivienne Westwood, Junya Watanabe, Alber Elbaz and Comme des Garçons.

Curated by MOCA Curator of Architecture & Design Brooke Hodge, she gives a fantastic overview of what the collection is about in an interview with Pingmag (it's only a brief extract I've included here, but there's much more if you follow the link).

"The Comme des Garçons’ exhibition at Harvard in 2000 was the first time I did any kind of project with a fashion designer — and that is I when started to think about the connections between fashion and architecture. Shortly after that, I went in for a job interview at MOCA in Los Angeles; and I proposed to do something about these parallels. In terms of fashion shows, in some cases I knew which designers’ work to select right away. In other cases, it was after I developed the thematic structure of the exhibition. For example, the area that deals with techniques and printing: With pleating, Issey Miyake was important because he is such an innovator; as for printing, Dries van Noten became a crucial element. Apart from that, I would read about or visit a building that just made sense to include, like the Santa Caterina market in Barcelona: It looks like a printed skirt draped over the top of the building."

If you're Hussein Chalayan, a wooden table isn't just a table, it also has possibilities as a telescopic wooden dress! “Afterwords” collection (autumn/ winter 2000). From Skin + Bones. Photo: Chris Moore

The London show will also include specially selected new exhibits including work by Boudicca, Martin Margiela and Hussein Chalayan.
Unfortunately, I'm going back up to uni tomorrow morning so I won't be making it back down until mid-June, but the exhibition looks amazing, so if you get the chance to see it then let me know what you think!

Skin + Bones at the Embankment Galleries - Somerset House

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