Skin+Bones: Parallel Practices in Fashion and Architecture

24 Apr 2008 – 10 Aug 2008

Regular hours

11:00 – 20:00
11:00 – 20:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
11:00 – 20:00

Cost of entry

Adults (conc) £8 (£6), Full time students, ES40 holders and 12-17 yr olds £3.60, Free entry for under 12's

Somerset House

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 77a, 91 and 176, while the River Bus Service can be taken to Embankment and Savoy Piers.
  • Temple, Covent Garden, Charing Cross and Embankment.
  • Charing Cross, Waterloo and Blackfriars.

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Where do fashion and architecture collide?
Taking the early 1980s as its starting point - the moment when fashion and architecture first met in a meaningful way - Skin+Bones demonstrates how this period constituted a fertile ground for many of today's designers and architects. A rigorous intellectual dimension was introduced in fashion, while architecture became more playful, and technology began to influence both fields.
During the heady days of the 1980s blitz and punk culture brought freedom of expression, and fashion and architecture began to merge.
Discover how over 40 internationally-renowned architects and designers including Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Hussein Chalayan and Alexander McQueen 'fashion' buildings and 'construct' garments.
Featuring over 200 works including iconic garments, 3D architectural models and film footage, Skin+Bones looks at how clothing and architecture perform similar functions: providing shelter and promoting identity.
Somerset House brings this surprising exhibition to Europe, after successful showings in Tokyo and Los Angeles. The show will include specially selected new exhibits for London including work by Boudicca, Martin Margiela and Hussein Chalayan.
Skin+Bones will be a fitting premiere to launch the Embankment Galleries, a new exhibition space for London pushing the boundaries of what exhibitions are and can be.


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