June 27, 2014

destefashioncollection #7 : DILLER SCOFODIO + RENFRO

Project The Look

Architecture is to building as fashion is to clothing: both may be seen as excesses of their functional roots.  Whereas in fashion the adjective "architectural" is an asset, a positive term that applies to a design with distinctively strong structure and form, the term "fashionable" in architecture is pejorative, suggesting a fleeting trend with no lasting worth. Architecture's aspiration to permanence is a product not only of the high investment required to build but also of its commitment to lasting values. Fashion, by contrast, is driven by the manic desire to constantly refresh. The life span of a trend is a season, not a century. Both disciplines converge at the classic, a status reserved for the rare design of irreducible perfection that can withstand the test of time.
...As trends typically come and go, only to return again, the fast wheel of fashion sometimes falls into alignment with the slow motion of architecture. This peculiar synchrony between "fashion time" and "architecture time" is both unsettling and liberating. The Look is a narrative in eighteen scenes about youth, aging, timelessness, and identity. It is set in an ambiguous time. Dispersed throughout are ten accessories that comprise the 2013 capsule collection. These selections from runway...and ready-to-wear collections are "assisted" classics. They are so highly mannered with today's sensibilities that they live in a state of past-present. One of architecture's modernist icons, Philip Johnson's Glass House of 1949... is a key protaganist.

Fashion Director: ALLEGRA COLLETTI

The Look, along with the 10 accessories which make up the 2013 capsule collection, will be presented for the first time as part of  an exhibition entitled DESTEFASHIONCOLLECTION: 1 to 8. The show will be open at the Benaki Museum, Pireos Street Annexe on June 25, 2014 and will be on view until October 12, 2014. For more information on the show, please click below.