The Eternal Muse
Posted on 11 April 2016
Fashion and architecture is a convergence, both encompassing and influencing social and cultural changes. Throughout history they have mirrored each other not only in themes but also appearance and while they, of course, differ dramatically in scale and production, their hearts beat as one.
While they are both based on an innate need to survive; clothing and shelter, fashion and architecture offer the designer a great deal of self expression and they are both a beautiful form of art and have the power to influence us on a deeper level. Our mental wellbeing can be lifted and improved by fashion and architecture; well fitting clothing made of quality fabrics allows us the freedom of movement to go about our day and a well designed building with lots of natural light can equally make us feel uplifted.
The world of fashion frequently looks to modern and traditional architecture for inspiration. Karl Lagerfeld closed his Emirati resort 2015 show with looks embellished with motifs of the worlds tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, Hugo Boss took visual cues from their ultra-modern headquarters in Germany (above) while Rick Owens look towards Brutalism and concrete for his Fall 2012 collection.
Recently plans have been unveiled for a Beyonce inspired skyscraper in Melbourne. The designers at Australian firm Elenberg Fraser described the shape of building as a homage to the undulating fabric-wrapped bodies in the music video for Beyonce’s ‘Ghost’.
The relationship between fashion and architecture can only continue to grow, continue to weave together their threads to create thought provoking pieces of art, forever being each others muse. As society changes and develops, so do our tastes in clothing and buildings. Who knows what the future might bring?