Architecture and fashion are considered a form of art. A form of self-expression that results in art being etched in our daily lives, as a reflection of our personal or cultural identity. They have a great deal in common, which is rather surprising, given the apparent variances
Fashion designers collaborate frequently with architects or interior designers in designing retail interiors or co-creating couture hotels, such as Palazzo Versace or Armani Hotel. The reason behind the link between architecture and fashion is that they both have the same concerns and objectives whether in materials, colors, volume and function.
Fashion can be as proportional, tailored and structured as a building. When designing an abaya you think of style, material, and colors. The same thought pattern is followed when designing a structure. Architecture is about the experience of the space and how functional and comfortable it is. In fashion, we always focus on how to make the best experience for our clients when wearing our abayas. It is about how comfortable you feel, how the fabric is smooth and easy to wear.
In terms of material, fashion designers can be inspired by architects, which sometimes leads them to incorporate abstracts of building elements into their designs. Fashion is in a constant whirlwind of change, and so is architecture. Architecture is in a continuous process of progression with the help of innovative materials or modern designs. Fashion can often be passing and superficial, and uses soft, fluid materials; whereas architecture is considered Monumental and permanent, and uses strong and rigid materials. The marriage of the materials results in outstanding pieces in both the worlds.
“Fashion is Architecture; it is a matter of proportions” – Coco Chanel