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Addressing Architecture & Fashion: On Simulacrum, Time and Poché

  • Author(s): Coffman, Courtney E.
  • Advisor(s): Lavin, Sylvia
  • et al.
Abstract

Architecture and Fashion both interrogate tectonic logic, structure, formal technique, and the human body. Fashion successfully integrates Architecture into the production of new silhouettes, however, when Architecture attempts to operate in Fashion's modalities, it often falls short and succumbs to favor the monumental over the superfluous. Divided into three parts exploring the simulacrum of the knock off, shifting production speeds, and the residual space of poché, brief detours through canonized histories lend theoretical insight to contemporary architecture and its chatter with fashion. Close reading and the comparative method are thoroughly used in order to place seemingly dissimilar objects together and effectively stimulate a visual dialog. My attempt is to explore alternative overlaps between these two fields of study, find their common clichés and implement a disciplinary swerve.

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