September 2007

Skin + Bones: Parallel Practices In Fashion and Architecture

Thames & Hudson

  • 500 Fifth Avenue
  • New York , NY

(212) 354-3763

"Skin + Bones: Parallel Practices In Fashion and Architecture" by Brooke Hodge was published in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name.  So, if you missed the exhibit, here is the chance to check out the image-heavy print companion to it.  If you're like me and are not a fan of walking through museum exhibits with large groups of hardcore museum-goers, this book is a wonderful alternative and, according to some, a more user-friendly option.

The pages are beautifully glossy and provide the opportunity to leisurely peruse and absorb both the text and accompanying visual images.  Like the exhibit, there are sections in the book that “visitors” may browse, re-visit, and stop and look at again without the pressure of “moving along” to give others a chance to breathe in the work and the messages each conveys.  The exhibit is meant to demonstrate the close, and yet unrecognized, relationship between fashion and architecture.  A select group of fashion designers and architects have been selected and are highlighted here to illustrate this connection.

Featured designers include: Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, and Dries Van Noten; while some of the architects included are such notables as: Zaha Hadid, Toyo Ito, and Rem Koolhaas.  The exhibit was born out of a sense of wonder, respect, and acknowledgement of this connection between these two intertwined segments of creativity; and Ms. Hodge and co-collaborators, Patricia Mears and Susan Sidlauskas have created a visually stunning example to demonstrate this truth.

Reviewer: Lucy Bellamy, FIDM Library Staff Member