Thursday, 19 June 2008

HOT: Skin + Bones, Somerset House, The Strand

This well curated exhibition explores the parallels and cross-pollinations between my two favourite design art forms - architecture and fashion. It includes architectural models and photographs from Zaha Hadid, Herzog & de Meuron and the Heatherwick Studios with clothed mannequins and catwalk films from Martin Margiela, Alexander McQueen, Lanvin and of course the Japanese structuralist designers (Watanabe, Yamamoto, Miyake, Kawakubo) and groups them around various themes traditionally associated with one or another discpline, including shelter, deconstruction, draping, pleating and cantilevers. My favourites: Tod's Ometosando store, Viktor & Rolf's Russian doll collection and Watanabe's soft tulle structures.

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