• Building Fashion

    Building Fashion
    paris France

    31/10/2011 to 10/11/2011

    AA Paris Visiting School

    BUILDING FASHION is today the only cutting-edge course in Academia worldwide focusing exclusively on novel approaches to the [fashion + architecture] emerging practice.

    The workshop is open to current architecture and fashion design students, phd candidates and young professionals. All applicants should submit a CV and portfolio to Jorge Ayala at

    Fashion scene is not only a collection of captured images, but rather an ensemble of socio-morphological forces connecting people, catalyzing experimental, open-ended design. Fashion and its affinity for transformation is a complex terrain of architectural identities, scenery and performance. These dynamic spaces are the field where vanguard ideas yield.
    From right within fashion’s creative nexus AA Visiting School Paris foster integral spatial qualities by harnessing the surprising typolo¬gies intrinsic to temporal bodies, fluid matter(s), and singular proportions. On the edge of couture’s technologi¬cal transformation, BUILDING FASHION aims at rapid prototyping templates that stage sharp, raw, urban, experimental and alien spatial apparel logics.

    For this new season, topics are concerned with the acquisition of appropriate knowledge and understanding of the in-vogue association [FASHION+ARCHITECTURE], supported by the mastery of essential digital skills which will equip and prepare AA Paris participants toward physical experimentations. To this extend, Building Fashion will develop a two-fold laboratoire: Computational and Physical Investigations.

    The Computational Investigations Lab is an interdisciplinary design-research laboratory where -through digital based investigations- students will engage with the study of generative and evolutionary design strategies in fashion. The Physical Investigations Lab focuses on the study of physical performance and manufacturing of novel spatial repertoires. Physical prototyping will become an important instrument to the understanding of processual design- its improvement from the outset and along all phases of development.
    Alongside our intensive design input, the workshop is addressed by a series of high-end lectures, debates and presentations by forward-thinking guest designers, entrepreneurs and internationally renowned participants.

    The Paris Experience
    From the programme kick-off, the multicultural active Parisian framework facilitates live learning through sitevisits to the practices of the most important fashion designers in the globe. Furthermore, AA Paris Headquarters offer a highly stimulating cultural environment which provides a broad yet intensive introduction to a palette of fashion, design and architectural -analytical and theoretical- backbones. The workshop includes an insight retrospective to the twice named “British Designer of the Year” Hussein Chalayan’s wearable portable architecture to be held at Musée des Arts Décoratifs.
    BUILDING FASHION is strengthened by a large network of Parisian Patronage, from industrial, publishing and collaborative links, taking the form of sponsoring inputs to the course.

    The deadline for applications is 28 October 2011. Application forms and additional information are available online at: and applications can be submitted to: All participants traveling from abroad are responsible for securing any visa required for entry to Europe, and are advised to contact their home embassy early. After payment of fees, the AA School can provide a letter confirming participation in the workshop. Applicants are advised to contact the AA as soon as possible in order to apply and confirm a place, as space is limited. Places can only be reserved upon receipt of a completed application form and full fees, sent to Sandra Sanna, Administrative Coordinator of the AA Visiting School.

    Schedule & Venue
    The school runs from 31 October to 10 November 2011 in Paris. This is an intensive, studio-based programme requiring full-time participation. The workshop will be hosted at Musée des Arts Décoratifs, 107 rue de Rivoli, 75001, Paris.

    More Information
    Programme Director: Jorge Ayala,
    Academic Coordinator AA Global School: Christopher Pierce:
    Global and Visiting School Coordinator: –
    T +44 20 7887 4014
    F +44 20 7414 0782
    Architectural Association School of Architecture
    36 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3ES

    In collaboration with
    Les Arts Décoratifs
    La Mairie de Paris
    L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui
    and many others.

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