USA: Constructing the Architecture of Fashion

NEW YORK: An exhibit exploring the juncture between fashion and architecture opened at the American Institute of Architects' headquarters in the West Village this week. Pamela Puchalski, deputy director of the AIA's New York chapter said here on January 13.

"The Fashion of Architecture: Constructing the Architecture of Fashion," which features designers such as Yohji Yamamoto, Michiko Koshino and Yeohlee Teng and architects including Shigeru Ban and J. Meejin Yoon, runs until March 11.

"The opportunity to showcase fashion within an architectural context and vice versa was really very exciting for us," said Pamela Puchalski, deputy director of the AIA's New York chapter.

"One of the main things we focus on here is collaboration and how architecture relates to other disciplines. Architects have been drawing more and more inspiration from fashion, so this is a critical trend for us to discuss."

The exhibit, which will run in a handful of galleries in the AIA's Center for Architecture, at 536 LaGuardia Place, will consider seven themes.

One, dubbed "social spaces," focuses on garments by visual artist Lucy Orta, which Puchalski calls "individual wearable portable shelters." Another theme, "construction or deconstruction," looks at how a designer can reveal a garment's structural aspects as part of its design.

The AIA will also host a number of symposiums, including a conversation with Orta, Tang, Calvin Tsao, and Mark Wigley, the dean of the graduate school of architecture at Columbia University, and is planning a runway show during New York Fashion Week, which will highlight high-performance materials and the more structural aspects of fashion.

"Architects are branding their buildings the way fashion companies brand their clothing," said Andy Frankl, president of IBEX Construction, a retail construction firm that underwrote the exhibit.

"This will look at how fashion and the environment in which you sell fashion come together."

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Added: January 14, 2006 Source: Agencies
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