Skin + Bones: Parallel Practices in Fashion and Architecture - MOCA exhibition
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far from home...
Join Date: Aug 2005
All frills: Dresses by Junya Watanabe and Hussein Chalayan, above, parallel the design of the Forum for
Music, Dance, and Visual Culture, in Ghent, Belgium (unbuilt), by Toyo Ito and Andrea Branzi, below. (top photo: Richard Bryant/Arcaid; bottom: Toyo Ito & Associates)
...the Embankment Galleries of Somerset House are currently home to “Skin and Bones: Parallel Practices in Fashion and Architecture.” The exhibition, which originated at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and was organized by Brooke Hodge, its architecture and design curator (and a new addition to The Moment’s roster of bloggers), examines the relationship between the two disciplines, in an installation designed expressly for Somerset House by the noted London architect Eva Jiricna. Organized by themes like shelter, folding, and pleating, the exhibition juxtaposes clothing — by designers like Yohji Yamamoto, Comme des Garçons, and Vivienne Westwood — with models, plans, and photographs of buildings by architects like Shigeru Ban, Foreign Office Architects, and Herzog & de Meuron. Seeing only representations of buildings can put them at a disadvantage next to the clothes, but sometimes it works perfectly, as when a model for Toyo Ito and Andrea Branzi’s sculptural design for the Forum for Music, Dance, and Visual Culture in Ghent, Belgium is displayed near a cocoon-like dress by Junya Watanabe, and another, by Hussein Chalayan, that looks like a topiary of tulle flowers.
And I am nothing of a builder
, but here I dreamt I was an architect
And I built this balustrade to keep you home, to keep you safe from the outside world
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