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Skin + Bones: Parallel Practices in Fashion and Architecture
First major museum exhibition devoted to fashion and architecture
MOCA, November 21, 2006
Morphosis_Sun Tower
Morphosis_Sun Tower

The exhibition and accompanying publication have been more than six years in the making, and Curator Brooke Hodge describes the origins thus: “During the course of my research [on another exhibition, devoted to the work of the avant-garde Japanese fashion house Comme des Garçons, headed by Rei Kawakubo], I was fascinated not only by visual similarities between clothing and buildings, but also by how the garments could be more aptly described using architectural terminology. I was also impressed by Kawakubo’s desire to create a total environment for her work one that embraced not only the clothes but also the design of retail spaces, graphics, and furniture, much in the same way members of the Wiener Werkstatte or the Bauhaus strove to create a gesamtkunstwerk (synthesis of the arts). 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.”

Hussein Chalayan
Hussein Chalayan
 
NMDA_HL23
NMDA_HL23
 
Through March 5, 2007



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