If we looked at a city the same way we looked into a closet, we would find that both have seemingly endless different styles, materials, colours and patterns.
Both architecture and fashion are built upon the principals of design being materialized into something essential and a part of daily life. We wake up, get dressed and leave the house and embark for the day. It is without a doubt that architecture and fashion, hand in hand, has symbolically grown together to shape the world we know today.
VINTAGE CLOTHES & CLASSICAL ARCHITECTURE
Like fashion, architecture historically repeats itself, what was beautiful then are and can still be beautiful today. Take the Maxi skirt, super trendy then, even more so today. What about the Colosseum in Rome? Impressive then, and even more monumental today.
BACK TO THE BASICS: DESIGN FUNDAMENTALS 101
Even more alike is fashion and architecture’s tendencies to follow the same design principals (as with many design fields actually). Think colour, Like the pleats in a skirt to windows of a skyscraper. Architecture and fashion has rhythm, repetition, that shape its form. Or like the fine creases on pants to the columns at an entrance, both employ linear aesthetics that embody an appearance of tidiness.
WHAT CAN WE LEARN AT FIRST GLANCE
Finally, can we ascertain that the saying, “dress to impress” is applicable to architecture too? Like the stiff collar of a blouse to a mighty solid column of a tower. Both convey a perceived sense of authority, strength, and confidence. Why else do architecture of banks try to look mighty and powerful?
So, is architecture fashioned and fashion architectured? I would love to hear your thoughts on their similarities ( or differences!)
Great article! Reminds me of the classic debate about ‘Form follows Function’ 🙂