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Architecture: In Fashion

Deborah Fausch

     6 × 9 in (15.2 × 22.9 cm)
Paperback
288 pages
27 b/w illustrations
Publication date: 1/1/1996
ISBN: 9781878271990


Feuding architects often accuse one another of being "fashionable." It is, after all, one of the worst insults that can be leveled in a field where the iconoclast is hailed as hero while the trend-follower is summarily dismissed. Yet architecture and fashion are in fact intimately related--trends in design and criticism determine who's hot and who's not, touting or toppling the "superstar" architect of the day. But the connection between architecture and fashion has been condemned, ignored, or endorsed to such a degree that it is rarely examined by historians, theorists, or practicing architects. Indeed, it is taken for granted as the pre-critical position of all design. Architecture: in Fashion addresses this issue through a series of essays. Topics of discussion by writers Mark Wigley, Val Warke, and Leila Kinney, among others, range from the encoding of gender in fashion within the work of Semper, Wagner, Loos, and Le Corbusier, to a discussion of the body as a scaffold for the display of ready-made wear. The book also includes architectural projects by Machado and Silvetti, Diller + Scofidio, and Venturi and Scott Brown.


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