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This has been a long ideology of ArchAttire that led trained architect Swati Sharma to hatch the idea of coming up with ArchAttire five years ago. The spirit of architecture and fashion is the pillar of ArchAttire. How we really need to explore due to promising future endeavors in this field. “Fashion and architecture are the two attires needed for human’s survival. ArchAttire blend the two”, says Swati, the founder and creative designer at ArchAttire.
Fashion is inspired by culture, art and history. But there is no field that provides high inspiration to fashion than architecture. Architecture gives us place to live while fashion gives us wearable art. The relationship between fashion and architecture can be traced back to early man who used the same material to wear and build. This relationship can be thought to influence the close connections in both disciplines in the design process. The main aim of architects and fashion designers is to provide comfortable and attractive form shelter to human body, in line with tastes and prevalence of consumers.
In this globalized world architecture and fashion cannot be practiced separately since both address spatial structures and psychological perceptions. They share many things such as use of technology, use of materials and fabrics and both artists and arts from these fields have an opportunity to interact together mostly in more sustainable, socially responsive and economical design. These practices include digital design process, use of complex geometry, colourings, lines and lights. On the visual and imagery approach, both share more in common, mostly with the digital techniques and material development such as high tech textiles, computer assisted design software and commonly observed contemporary fact is that architecture and fashion are both enjoying the use of pliable and flexible materials.
Many fashion designers led by Swati Sharma of ArchAttire have incorporated architectural design in their work. In her company Archattire, the attire is co-powered with body architecture in 4D form, function, geometry, conceptual evolution and is an eternal masterpiece. Other designers who have blended architecture in fashion design include:
Iris Van Herpen
Van Herpen used 3D digital fabrication technology to reinvent fashion from forgettable traditional craft. Coming up with sculptural forms conveying abstracts idea and artistic expressions. To enhance her design, she brought together ideas from artists, choreographers, designers and architects and utilized it to come up with outstanding fashion designs.
Offered by Mellissa, a Brazilian brand moulded plastic which allow designer Zaha Hadid to explore her creativity. Moulded plastic can be created into any shape easily, which can be achieved by traditional shoe making materials. This allowed the designer to come up with static shoes which borrowed a lot design from architecture.
Who ever thought architect Julie would design such a conventional shoe for Mojito. The shoes lacked footplate, which could have been considered the most important part by many. It wraps around the foot in continuous ribbon. The design was more about form. What inspiration from architecture?
This Japan based fashion designer is known for his revolutionary women design that was driven by technology. In early 1980’s he experimented with new methods of pleating fabrics. That would prove to be successful by ensuring flexibility of wearer, simple production and easy care. And perhaps the relationship between his fashion and Japanese architecture would be considered the most distinguishable feature of his design. His horizontally pleated coat shaped mimic tents of central Asian nomads.
Fashion designer Rosie was inspired by Brion Cemetery by Italian architect Carlo Scarpa to come up with feminine garments. Though this unlikely place to get inspiration. She blended harmoniously angles, rectangles, lines and squares into the garment.
Guo is a Chinese fashion designer who has resulted to collisions of fashion and architecture. Borrowing from Gothic buildings and creating a series of outfits inspired by elaborated window tracery, flying buttresses, vaults and spires. She was able to convert stone structures of Gothic style into fabrics designs with such audacity. Recently going global at Paris Haute Couture week at Cite’ del Archi.
Dolce and Gabbana
Fashion designer giants Dolce and Gabbana drew in 2012 their inspiration from architecture. Nobly the church interior design of Cathedral Notre-Dame de Reigns in France.
Admiration can flow in both ways. Architects can borrow from fashion designers and fashion designers can acquire their inspiration from architectural design. Zaha Hadid was known to bring elements of architecture into fashion world and Guo Pei in recent Fashion.
Inducing architecture skills in fashion and designs have the following cons;
- It requires mass and sustainable production with computerized printing technology.
- Creating forms in 4 dimensions
- Use of advance fabrics
- Introducing endless geometric stitching system
- Dramatic and couture possibilities.
- Infinite ways of stitching styles ( geometric, origami, parametric)
- Endless possibilities to vary from casual, sustainable to dramatic couture, red carpet.
ARCH ATTIRE DESIGN ALLIANCE
At Archattire we are creating an Arch Attire Design Alliance that is looking for potential architects, fashion designers, clothing manufacturers to join our community as one workforce to design and manufacture architecture inspired fashion in the coming time.