The fashion catwalk through the promenade architecturale

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(Louis Vuitton Cruise 2017 fashion show in Brasilia's Niteroi Museum)

Everytime I put on my search engine "Fashion and architecture" I get flooded with images like this, where there's no doubt about the existence of a relationship between both of them, I can see that. But, that's not exactly what I'm looking for when I tip fashion and architecture. It's easy to find images about architecture through the point of view of fashion, with tons of intricate patterns inspired in buildings, façades and origami-shaped sleeves. But that's not what I'm exactly looking for. So, as I didn't find anything the reverse way (fashion seen through the point of view of architecture), today I wanted to share with you some musings, sketches and lucubrations I made about the topic while doing research through different sources. And that's where the concept promenade architecturale by architect Le Corbusier comes in.

"Architecture is experienced as one roams about in it and walks through it… So true is this that architectural works can be divided into dead and living ones depending on whether the law of ‘roaming through’ has not been observed or whether on the contrary it has been brilliantly obeyed." (Le Corbusier, 1942)

For me, the concepts fashion and architecture together in the same phrase involve an understanding of space, light and movement. Architecture helps enhancing the volumes, colors and patterns of fashion creations by conducting them through the space. That's why I find of most importance to be very aware and have a bit of knowledge when making a fashion catwalk: the different paths, points of view, stops and general ambience are as important as the fashion collections shown. A catwalk poorly designed can ruin the best of fashion collections.

I'm very pleased that architecture and interior design has gained a lot of protagonism when it comes to fashion, especially when designing fashion catwalks, shows and related events of all sorts. One of the trends I'm more pleased about is the application of the promenade architecturale to catwalks, which is basically experiencing a space (we'll add experience fashion to this matter) through a path, looking for fluidity and continuity on every step. The use of ramps, stairs, balconies and other elements found in the catwalk space to interact help the designs to be enlightened and shown through different types of light (natural and/or artificial), exposed to different colors and exhibit movement of the fabrics and different textures.

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(Architecture collage "gubahámori" by Gellért Hill vía afasia archzine)

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(Architecture collage by Lavinia Xenofont + IuliaCiobanu vía HIC arquitectura)

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(Dior Haute Couture A/W 2012 vía modzik.com)

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So. I think there's an important point in the collaboration and creation of synergies between disciplines. Fashion, architecture, art and technique; they're all part of a whole creation which needs the knowledge and expertise of different fields.

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Hi! I'm Amanda, from Valencia (Spain).

I like all things vintage and classy. I study Architecture and I'm an epée fencer.



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