Embodying Fashion


26 October 2016

What does it mean for a garment to be architectural? Is it helpful to discuss fashion in terms of architecture? And why do we rarely discuss architecture in terms of fashion?

On 19 October, Disegno hosted a panel discussion at the YKK London Showroom in Shoreditch, east London, to mark the one-year anniversary of the space. Chaired by Disegno’s editor-in-chief, Oli Stratford, Embodying Fashion unpacked the myriad facets of architecture’s relationship with fashion. From the numerous examples of leading architects – such as OMA, David Adjaye, Zaha Hadid and David Chipperfield – who have collaborated with fashion brands to design their showrooms, to approaching the catwalk as an architectural space, the symphony of the two disciplines is increasingly prevalent.

The YKK London Showroom boasts an industrial aesthetic, inspired by a metal factory. Zips are hung on wall-mounted strips of metal and are concealed by perforated metal shutters, while movable glass display cabinets are suspended from the ceiling by steel rods, a system inspired by a crane. The showroom was designed by the brand's creative advisor, Kei Kagami. Kagami is a Japanese fashion designer who originally trained as an architect before relocating to London in 1989 to work for John Galliano. He later studied Fashion at Central Saint Martins.

Embodying Fashion featured a panel of four speakers: Zowie Broach, head of Fashion at the Royal College of Art and co-founder of British fashion house Boudicca; Alistair O’Neill, curator and Fashion History tutor at Central Saint Martins; the architect and writer Sam Jacob; and Kegami.

Above, Disegno is delighted to share a gallery of images from the event.