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28 Oct Editorial #03

I am so excited with the exploration of common practices that fashion and architecture share!! Every time I discover something new that I couldn’t imagine and I want to share it immediately. So, the third FFF editorial is here and I hope you enjoy it!

The first technique is paneling. Paneling in fashion is connecting many pieces together while in architecture it has to do mostly with facades and their assemblage. In the following example the usage of square pieces is decorative both in garment and building.

The second technique is pleats. No need to say how many pleated skirts I have worn….but when I see it in buildings the result is more than impressive. It gives the effect of lightness even in the most heavy construction, and can be applied either on the surface of the construction or in its volume.

Folds are the most common strategy that we have met so far in both sectors. When folding becomes curvilinear, we are in front of a new category. Curves in volume or as widely know ‘blob’ architecture. Curves in fashion are not used only in the whole volume (as seen in FFF Editorial #01) but also in pieces which however change the silhouette.

Last but not least, solid and voids is a classic but versatile architectural theme. Most of the times it has to do with function and more specifically with openings for light and views out. When this strategy is used in fashion, it receives a different role when it has not any more to do with function but serves a concept.


Surface paneling

Architecture: Altlife Bookstore in Ningbo, China _ Kokaistudios

Fashion: Maison Margiela SS18


Architecture: not realized project

Fashion: Proenza Schouler



Architecture: Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum in Lansing, USA _ Zaha Hadid Architects

Fashion: catwalk


Architecture: Burnham Pavillion in Chicago, USA _ Zaha Hadid Architects

Fashion: Amaya Arzuaga

Solid and void

Architecture: Admirant Entrance Building in Eindhoven, Netherlands _ Fuksas Studio

Fashion: Viktor & Rolf  SS12

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