Fashion & Architecture
“Late in life, on an anxious urban street, Architecture meets Fashion. They fall in love…”
Prof. Vikram Prakash’s winter 2016 graduate studio, in collaboration with the University of Washington School of Art, presents Near Body Architecture. This gallery exhibit features “wearable work” in diverse media including collage, painting, sculpture, sound, architectural constructions, and light sculpture. It is on display through April 30 at Bonfire Art Culture Design, a contemporary art gallery located in Seattle’s International District.
“Fashion, like architecture, caters to a basic requirement of life which is also one of its most expressive gestures i.e. to house the human body. Fashion, in this sense, is near-body-architecture, and conversely, architecture is far-body-fashion.
In this University of Washington Architecture graduate studio, students created a “wearable work”. They conceived a fictional character and developed a character narrative; they picked an urban ‘site’ and photo documented it; and then, using mannequins and newly learnt sewing and draping techniques, they created a fashion expression for their character and located it in their chosen site.
For the second half of the class quarter, the graduate students were then asked to pair their ‘Wearable work’ with an ‘Inhabitable Work’, this time drawing on all their pre-learnt skills of architectural design. Both were then located in the originally selected site.”
Besides mannequins, Near Body Architecture features work in diverse media including collage, painting, sculpture, sound, architectural constructions, and light sculpture done by:
Ji Hye Kim
Eunice Y Lee
Tanya Nachia Somanna
John B Untereker
Nile K Vanwestrienen
BONFIRE, in the historic Panama Hotel at 603 S Main Street, connects people through art, culture and design. The gallery is open from noon to 5pm Tuesday through Saturdays and by appointment.