skin+bones: parallel practices in fashion and architecture

Put Thomas Heatherwick's model of a Japanese Buddhist temple in birch-wood folds beside a Comme des Garçons dress of manic drapery - and what do you get? A meeting of architectural and fashion minds.

The idea of designers and architects working together is nothing new, from the Tokyo store collaboration between Prada and Rem Koolhaas to Hussein Chalayan's techno virtuosity in morphing dresses into chairs.
But "Skin + Bones, Parallel Practices in Fashion and Architecture" (at the new Embankment Galleries in London's Somerset House until Aug. 10) is something else: a fascinating study of how the two crafts have run separately but on similar lines over the last 25 years.

Discover the synergies between fashion and architecture from the 1980s to the present day. The exhibition explores how over 50 internationally-renowned architects and designers including Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Comme des Garcons, Yohji Yamamoto, Future Systems, Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid 'fashion' buildings and 'construct' garments.
After huge success in Los Angeles and Tokyo, Somerset House brings this exhibition to Europe to open the new riverside Embankment Galleries. Specially selected new exhibits for London include work by Boudicca, Eley Kishimoto, Martin Margiela and Hussein Chalayan.
The exhibition was designed for Somerset House by architect Eva Jiricna and features over 200 works including iconic garments, 3D architectural models and film footage.


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