Suzy Menkes on Nanni Strada
“LONDON EXHIBIT PROBES PARALLELS BETWEEN ARCHITECTURE AND FASHION"
Skin + Bones, Parallel Practices in Fashion and Architecture (at the new Embankment Galleries in London's Somerset House until Aug. 10, 2008) is […] a fascinating study of how the two crafts have run separately but on similar lines over the last 25 years.
The show starts with the 1980s and the early graphic work of the architect Zaha Hadid […]
The usual fashion suspects -‐ primarily Japanese and Belgian designers -‐ are chosen to link the fashion and architectural themes, starting with "Shelter". That includes images of refugee tents by the Japanese architect Shigeru Ban and the clothes of Junya Watanabe, Yohji Yamamoto and the American designer Yeohlee Teng.
Prominent also is Nanni Strada, an experimental designer in Milan in the 1970s.
[…] Kawakubo is omnipresent and her deconstructed clothes have a powerful resonance. Issey Miyake's experiments with knitted tubing were, in fact, trumped by Strada's earlier work. […]
The show closes with a Chalayan creation of light emanating via 200 moving lasers and Swarovski crystals. Is this fashion? Is it architecture? It certainly is not ready-to‐wear. But, […] with so much in architecture transformed by technology from futuristic concept to reality, fashion may also develop extraordinary new ways of covering our skin and bones.”
Text by Suzy Menkes, International Herald Tribune, 28 April 2008.