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10 Aug

Why Does Architecture Have Influence On Fashion — And Can It Go The Other Way?

The Louis Vuitton Cruise 2017 runway show in Niteroi, Brazil. Photo: Fernanda Calfat/Getty Images

We explore the parallels between the two creative fields.

What do Tom Ford, Raf Simons, Pierre Balmain, Pierre Cardin and Gianni Versace all have in common? Before kickstarting a flourishing career in fashion, each of these individuals enrolled to study architecture or industrial design. Fernando Garcia, one-half of the creative director duo behind Monse and Oscar de la Renta, is among that list of designers. He graduated with an architecture degree from Notre Dame — though he vividly remembers secretly reading Harper's Bazaar or Vogue during lectures in college. (Sorry, Professor Economakis.) "There's a great sense of satisfaction for me when I'm able to see my designs come to life in a matter of a week or two," Garcia tells Fashionista when asked about making the switch to...
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1 Feb

The Artist Creating Barragán’s Bright Buildings in Miniature

Miniature prison cells, empty suburban homes, looming archways, vacant corridors: New York-based artist James Casebere has long been preoccupied with abandoned spaces, which he recreates in miniature on a table-top and then photographs for posterity in a neat inversion of the architectural protest. Where previously he has sought to evoke angst and isolation with these images, however, his new series takes a different direction. Emotional Architecture, a new collection of works on display at New York’s Sean Kelly Gallery, draws again on feelings of confinement, but this time to produce spaces which allow their viewer to get lost in their own thoughts. This is a body of work about escapism and serenity, and it’s defiantly optimistic. The series is based, crucially, on the work of Mexican architect...
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17 Nov

California’s Mid-Century Modern: An Architectural Roadtrip

San Francisco, CA: Wild Bird, Nathaniel Owings and Mark Mills, 1957Photography by Darren Bradley, Courtesy of Phaidon

The West Coast of the USA is a something of a goldmine when it comes to experiments in architecture, the towering results of which are nestled amongst Redwoods, beside highways and atop cliffs. These structures were built with both an experimental eye and sleight of hand, conceived of by the likes of Charles and Ray Eames, Rudolph Schindler and Frank Lloyd Wright – so it's of little wonder they're among some of the best known examples of the mid-century modern design in the world.

Unconventional buildings merged indoor with outdoor and innovation with democracy. Their legacy within modern architectural practice is one that celebrates both style and substance; one of starting over, embracing the future, and the belief that design and technology...
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