Skin + Bones


The New Yorker magazine last week contained a very interesting review of an exhibition that has just opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Skin + Bones: Parallel Practices in Fashion and Architecture celebrates the “increasingly fruitful dialogue” between architecture and fashion. The article lists all the old favourites as contributing: Bernard Tschumi, Toyo Ito, Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry to name but a very few. The exhibition compares each (with some credulity from the reviewer, Judith Thurman) with particular fashion designers, Yeohlee Teng, Tess Giberson, Victor & Rolf and Martin Margiela respectively. Thurman makes the point that although architects have complained about the exhibition, it serves fashion designers well, but she is unconvinced, declaring: “The disparities between fashion and architecture are, if anything, heightened by proximity”

I’ve seen the catalogue (it is available in Manchester) and it is a beautiful book with a lovely perforated cover and lots of coloured photographs of buildings and frocks.

Link to the original article at

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