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EXHIBITIONS: Construction Meets the Catwalk: The Architecture/Fashion Nexus
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Haven't you ever looked at a Frank Gehry building and said, "Gee, if only I had a hat like that"? Well, anyway, through March 11, presented by the American Institute of Architects, New York's Center for Architecture, 536 La Guardia Place, is hosting "The Fashion of Architecture: Constructing the Architecture of Fashion." As the Center explains, "Architecture is making its presence felt in fashion as the pliable metals, membrane structures, lightweight glasses and flexible plastics used in building construction are creeping on to the catwalks. At the same time, architects and interior designers are borrowing the techniques of pleating and draping from traditional tailoring to design buildings that are interactive, inflatable and even portable." Featured architects include Zaha Hadid, Winka Dubbeldam, Shigeru Ban, Kivi Sotamaa and David Adjaye; featured fashion mavericks include Yoshiki Hishinuma, Pia Myrvold, Yohji Yamamoto, Boudicca, Eley Kishimoto, Kei Kagami, Michiko Koshino, Stéphanie Coudert and Arkadius. We lead this showcase with a top by Arkadius, who's outfitted the celeb likes of Ashanti, Pink, Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige and, of course, Björk. See www.arkadius.com for more on his work and www.aiany.org for more on the show.