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Skin + Bones

Whilst in LA for psfk I paid a visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art to check out their recently opened exhibition highlighting the connections between and shared inspirations of fashion and architecture.

‘Skin + Bones: Parallel Practices in Fashion and Architecture’ presents an assortment of work from contemporary (and a few earlier) fashion designers and architects, grouped together under grandiose titles including Identity, Shelter, Structural Skin, and Tectonic Strategies.

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All the usual suspects are represented- outfits by Hussein Chalayan, Yohi Yamamoto, Issey Miyake, Viktor + Rolf and Comme des Garcons are displayed alongside buildings designed by Herzog & de Meuron, Toyo Ito, Shigeru Ban, and Zaha Hadid, successfully depicting the overlapping styles and ideas. Interesting additions to the line-up include delicate constructions by Oliver Theyskiens, geometric designs by Yeohlee Teng, and clever  linear cutting from Narcisco Rodriguez.

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Attention is paid not only to the individual clothing but the total ‘architecture’ of the fashion shows in the same way that buildings are represented both as a whole and in part stages/ through different viewpoints, helping to understand the importance of interaction in both disciplines. Although a little thin on the ground in some areas (some sections contained only clothing with no or very little architectural interpretation) the exhibition does a good job of showcasing interesting global evolutions in architecture.

New architectural ideas currently in production from Greg Lynn, Office
dA, and Neil M Denari Architects utilising innovative manufacturing
techniques, unexpected exterior cladding, and artistically expressive
design are definitely worth seeing.

It’s a shame that there are so few younger designers from both disciplines included, but the exhibition is still most definitely a success- and the accompanying book is even more impressive than the information on display. If you’re in LA you have until March to visit- if not, lots of the information shown is available online

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