donderdag 22 november 2012

FashArtChitecture (1)

The reason why I created this blog, was to keep my inspirations together, to share my thoughts, and to share the research I do about my fascinations. I ain't religious, but I absolutely do believe in the power of The Holy Trinity - Fashion, Architecture & Art.
What fascinates me most is the way they flow into eachother at certain points. Or even overlap partly/completely, all depends on how you define them.
Is it even possible to define them and make a distinction?
Don't they all do the same, when we talk about modern art, modern fashion and modern architecture? (when historically spoken, it's a little easier to define them because they really were separated domains that interacted little.)

Below, I want to show some rather obvious examples of the blending of The Holy Trinity, just to prove that one of them can't deny the others. And the whole point is of course why they are so connected.
The reason is quite simple: They essentially have the same goal. All three are dealing with the question about the relationship between the human body, own identity and the environment. Whether it's performance art or social housing, prêt-à-porter or a sculpture. They essentially act on the same things, and often even use similar ways to do so.

One of the most obvious links is definitely the performance that comes often with fashion and art, and by doing this performance,the actors/models/dancers/.. are defining space with their bodies, with their clothes,with their movements. Some obvious examples are Rei Kawakubo's cooperation with Merce Cunninghams Dance Company and Cindy Sherman for Comme Des Garçons (photo 1), Raf Simons' Summa Cum Laude presentation (that ís architecture, this goes way beyond performance and fashion) (photo 2) and Jiri Kylian's Bella Figura. (once again, this claims to be more space-defining than a lot of buildings!) (video)

Of course, they also share the same presentation tools, the same tools within the process and the same tools to construct 3D objects to live in: testing with scale models/ on 1:1, sketching, add detailing with technical drawings, the use of a process, ...
below: sketches by Oscar Niemeyer and Walter Van Beirendonck (photo 1), paper garments by Kris van Assche and a section of O.M.A.'s CCTVtower (photo 2)
And, more curious, they share a whole lot of styles and philosophies.
below, I made this point clear by showing you the use of deconstruction. Both fashion designers and architects create in this exact same way, by using the standard elements of fashion and architecture, and manipulating them. In this way they analyze their own grammatical language, and create an interesting play for the public between recognition and confusion. (more about that to come, one of my favourite philosophies in fashartchitecture)
On (photo 3) you can see a silhouette by Comme Des Garçons, shoes by Kris van Assche and a house by Eisenman.

The last 4 are very cool and literal combinations of fashion, art and architecture:
photo 1 - show by Raf Simons in front of a giant mirrored globe
photo 2 - silhouette by Comme Des Garçons, beautifully constructed shoe by Raf Simons and dress by Rei Kawakubo (cdg)
photo 3 - Sarcophagus designed by Walter Van Beirendonck, looks by Raf Simons
photo 4 - dress by Rei Kawakubo, and picture of an Issey Miyake show, topped with one of Maison Martin Margiela's typical trompe l'oeils.

more to come, I keep finding new inspiration!

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