Fashion, Architecture, Taste?

No, not them. Today we’re looking at two recent fashion shoots that use high-profile, recently restored architectural works as set pieces. On the right, a fashion shoot from last Sunday’s New York Times Magazine. The photographs were taken at FLW’s recently restored Hollyhock House in Los Angeles. And in case you’re wondering: Alexander McQueen (Life Without Buildings loves Alexander McQueen) cashmere coat, $2,165, dress shirt, $565, Prince of Wales check pants, $695, and tie. At Alexander McQueen, Neil Barrett gloves. On the left, a Men’s Vogue photoshoot that surprisingly features real architects. The photos accompany a brief article featured in the July/August issue describing a visit to the house with several of the countries top architects, then the pretty ones are photographed on the property. In the above photo, Hani Rashid and Anner Couture, the glossy principles of Asymptote, strikingly ponder the contemporary significance of Philip Johnson’s newly-opened Glass House. On Rashid: Prada suit, $2,350, and shirt, $385. Fratelli Rossetti shoes. On Couture: Lanvin dress. Pierre Hardy shoes. Roger Vivier bracelet.Even though it can sometimes be glossy and superficial, I’ve recently become increasingly interested it he relationship between fashion and architecture. A lot of this has to do with the absolutely incredible, Skin + Bones, an exhibition that i recently saw in Tokyo, but was previously shown at the MOCA, Los Angeles. Alas, those thoughts will have to wait for another post.

5 Replies to “Fashion, Architecture, Taste?”

  1. hey, we should do a photo shoot with you in expensive clothes in an architecturally significant structure…it would be fun!

  2. an architecturally significant structure? hmm…
    the full house house? the camera obscura @ cliff house? the zoetrope buiding? the deyoung?

  3. Whether or not its glossy and superficial… there is definitely a symbiotic relationship between fashion and architectural trends….

    Skin and Bones has explored this… there is also an interesting book called Glamour: Fashion, Industrial Design, Architecture.

  4. Don’t misunderstand, I’m all for strengthening the relationship between fashion and architecture. Undeniably, there are a lot of ideas and technique that can be shared between the two fields.

    It’s just kind funny / encouraging / depressing to see architecture and fashion merge (successfully) and both ends of the design spectrum – conceptual strategies and shared technique at one end of the spectrum and just looking cool and the other end.

    Either way, it works.

  5. weird- both those images were so high gloss that i assumed they were cg- second life or something… total mind fuck with so many of the high fashion shoots these days

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