Fashion and Architecture may seem like two very opposite disciplines but after seeing this exhibition the two are inextricably linked. Looking at examples over the past twenty-five years this exhibit at Somerset House brings together some of the world's most creative talents including Hussein Chalayan, Eley Kishimoto, Vivienne Westwood and Viktor & Rolf.
The exhibit is divided into key themes including shelter, geometry, pleating and constructing volume. Obviously both disciplines fall easier in to certain categories but a good, strong connection prevails throughout.
The show opened on 24th April and it continues until 10th August 2008. It has already been shown in Los Angeles and Tokyo, which is the setting for many of the architectural examples including the Tod's store in Tokyo.
Between examples of clothing and architectural models there are plenty of short films demonstrating the various ideas including Viktor & Rolf Autumn/Winter 1999-2000 show. In this the design duo slowly dress up a model whilst she stands still on a rotating platform. Eventually the tiny model has 8 layers of clothing with her head just poking out of the top. This just got me more excited for the Viktor and Rolf retrospective!