Thursday, August 21, 2008
When Fashion and Architecture Collide
Designers are using strong geometric shapes in both fashion and furniture.
If one follows design history,changes in shape tend to be triggered by
timing and technology. Society is feeling the need to assert itself due
to factors such as the recession, oil shock, and the Iraqi war. In extreme
eras like World War II, Vietnam, and Watergate, the trend heads to more
angular and curved shapes. Designers also need a change from straight lines.
The jagged edge is popular with a designer named Grcic, who creates his
shapes and then makes them digital. The blob or oval in the age of the new
internet and then the digital ripple were a reflection of past technology,
but now we are in the age of the angle. If this helps us express our angst
and release or assert our anger; this is a creatively passive and cathartic
fashion to do it.