Icons of Architecture and Fashion: An Exploration of the Complex Relationship Between the Two Fields.
Gaudet, Jeffrey D.
- Architecture and fashion are highly influential modes of creative expression that constantly intersect, drawing inspiration from one another and affecting the daily lives of people throughout the world. Fundamentally, architecture and fashion share the same purpose, that is, to provide shelter and protection for the human body. In this regard, we live in architecture and fashion. The buildings we ... read moreinhabit and the clothes we wear transcend elements for survival, as an equal, if not greater importance is placed on their aesthetic value. With this aesthetic quality holding such significance, a building or piece of clothing is instilled with meaning, allowing for their other basic functions as means of identity expression. It is through the design process, attention to detail, and quality in construction that these basic elements of daily life are heightened to art forms. Both architecture and fashion make distinctions between "high" and "low" works produced by their field. The fact that these distinctions are made in both architecture and fashion unites the two fields, as each grapple with making art and producing consumable products. During the last century certain architects and fashion designers have achieved an iconic status both within their field and in popular culture. These individuals have transcended the constraints of their professional world and have become household names. Eight iconic architects and fashion designers are examined, including Frank Lloyd Wright, Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, Philip Johnson, Yves Saint Laurent, I. M. Pei, Frank Gehry, and Alexander McQueen. The construction of such icons by both fashion and architecture is a unique phenomenon that strengthens the relationship between the two fields.read less