We all live in buildings and wear clothes. Traditionally, fashion and architecture have remained quite distinct, but in recent years, the two disciplines have become closer than ever before. Since the 1980s, these two worlds have increasingly shared intriguing connections. Sharing materials, design methods and fabrication has inspired radical developments.
A fascinating new exhibition at the Embankment Galleries in Somerset House, which runs until 10th August 2008 explores these links. The work of 50 internationally renowned architects and designers is available to view: Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Commes des Garcons, Yohji Yamamoto, Future Systems, Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid have all lent some of their most iconic creations to illustrate the concept of 'fashion' buildings and 'construct' garments. Although the exhibition has been travelling internationally, the London show is unique - designed by architect Eva Jiricna and features over 200 works including iconic garments, 3D architectural models and film footage as well as specially selected pieces from Boudicca, Eley Kishimoto, Martin Margiela and Hussein Chalayan.www.somersethouse.org.uk