Architects to Fashion Designers

T

he connection between fashion and architecture is not particularly an oblique one, where crafters of each design consider elements of structure, shape and form. There aren’t too many designers who can do both – but some have made the successful transition from dressing buildings to dressing the body.

TOM FORD

The talented, bright and charming American influential designer and film director Tom Ford born Thomas Carlyle Ford studied architecture at New York’s Parsons School of Design The New School before launching his iconic self-brand name. He spent a portion of his degree studying at the school’s Paris campus, where he landed an internship at the Chloé press office and discovered French architecture and design simultaneously, and where some of these influences can be seen in his film A Single Man (2009). It was in his last year at the school that he realized his true calling and pursued fashion. Tom Ford actually only had a tiny bit of fashion training and no formal training as a film director.

Tom Ford
Tom Ford

PIERRE CARDIN

The Italian-born, French fashion designer Pierre Cardin best known for his geometric avant-garde designs, structured silhouettes and his famed avant-garde Bubble House on the Cote d’Azur. Pierre Cardin briefly studied architecture and in the beginning worked with historic French ateliers like Jeanne Paquin and Schiaparelli. He did try to return to practice, working his nephew (an actual architect) in 2012 to create a building in Venice but the building was cancelled a year later. At 95, he still continues to design, currently resides in Paris and continues to own his own company.

Pierre Cardin
Pierre Cardin

MARY KATRANZOU

The Greek fashion designer Mary Katranzou studied architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design in America and graduated with a BA in Textile design and an MA at the Central Saint Martins where she earned her success due to her research on shapes and designs, that replicated on her pieces of clothing and her structured dresses are her trademarks as are her visionary another-level prints and ultra-modern silhouettes. Mary Katranzou has gone way beyond her signature digital prints and expanded into many other creative aspects.

Designer Mary Katrantzou
Mary Katrantzou

VIRGIL ABLOH

The designer and D.J. Virgil Abloh has a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and an MA in Architecture and is creative director of the clothing brand OFF-WHITE and consultant to Kanye West. He is the mix-master of streetwear fashion making t-shirts and hoodies in luxury houses and building a luxury brand from social media. His clothes come out at different times and are posted on Instagram – virgilabloh where consumers can buy them and his fashion ideology is where haute couture meets street.

VIRGIL ABLOH
Virgil Abloh

 

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