Even though it’s kind of unfair to trained fashion designers, I always think it’s pretty cool when an architect designs fashion pieces. And it’s *especially* cool when that designer is Zaha Hadid, one of the most famous architects living today. In fact, she has only been popular for about 10 years now, but that’s probably because her taste for futuristic, curvy, metallic lines could only be manufactured with very recent technology.
In fact, she is going to be the one to design the new Tokyo stadium for the 2020 Olympics, and you can see that maybe we won’t even have some of the tech to build this for a few years yet…. ?!
Zaha is a big fan of fashion and she has done some amazing collaborations with fashion and accessories brands. For example, this art piece for Louis Vuitton in which she designed a bag that looks like it’s traveling at light speed….
And she designed the gallery for Chanel called the “Mobile Art Gallery” that traveled the world. This gallery actually was in Yoyogi too—in 2007? And I remember it clearly because it was so amazing. I have a tote bag with one of Karl Lagerfeld’s sketches of the structure on it and I use it to this day.
She also made shoes for Brazilian rubber shoes brand Melissa and they’re asymmetrical (I actually almost found some in my size at Isetan a few years ago)
Ok, so the big news is that she has finally opened up a shop where a lot of her products she’s designed so far can be bought by the public. Even though it’s in London, I still think it is such a great opportunity to be able to wander in and contemplate buying one of her works. A lot of them are one-of-a-kind or order made, but maybe there’s a pair of Melissa shoes for me there…
Check it out if you’re in London. See more of Zaha Hadid’s work:
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