When Fashion and the Interiors Collide
The mirrored exterior of the Christian Dior Spring 2016 Couture show in Musée Rodin for Paris Fashion Week. Photo: Architectural Digest

The mirrored exterior of the Christian Dior Spring 2016 Couture show in Musée Rodin for Paris Fashion Week. Photo: Architectural Digest

Prior to working for a furniture store centralized around interior design and custom-everything, I had a very narrow minded view on the interiors.  I also had a very specific fashion sense. I was young and was not exposed to much.  Working in the interior design field for nearly five years now and graduating with a degree in Fashion Marketing and Management almost a year ago (!), my views on both industries have drastically changed. One aspect in particular was realizing how much both industries are connected and what their marriage offered each other.  

In fashion, inspiration is pulled from everything--the environment, inside and out, and other art, specifically in the form of interior design.  The two mirror each other in nearly every aspect: color pallettes, lines, silhouettes, form and function.  When designing a room or home, designers take in every aspect of the area and dress it with pieces that accentuate the space, creating a place where beauty meets function, yet still maintaining a unique identity of the home owner. The same is said for fashion.  When an artist is designing a garment, he takes an idea and uses the human form to execute it, keeping in mind the silhouette of the consumer, how it will fall or hang, and the movement of the garment. The color palette is also crucial in the design process, which in both industries, can create different moods or themes central around the design. 

Heavy, leather military boots against the geometric, light hardwood floors bring textures and styles together to a whole new level. Photo: Architectural Digest

Heavy, leather military boots against the geometric, light hardwood floors bring textures and styles together to a whole new level. Photo: Architectural Digest

Inside, visitors found heavy military boots walking in sync against the geometric hardwood floors. The contrast between the edgy and forward ensembles and the different textures of wood flooring and crystal chandeliers offered the eye some movement as well as different focal points for the eye to rest.  This is something both the fashion industry and the interiors practice often to create subtle yet powerful statements. 

Accessories are just as important as the main piece whether it is in fashion or interior design. It ties everything together and acts as a period at the end of the sentence (or an exclamation...and even sometimes a question mark). The chandeliers and the red accent lights creating a shadow over the models and the guests, reflecting against the mirrored pieces in the show, add so much more to the actual clothes being displayed on the runway.  Accessories set the mood and tone of the room as well as the outfit. Someone can be fully clothed but look completely naked if she isn't wearing any accessories--the same goes for any space: it can be decked out with furniture, but look empty with no succulents atop a stack of great books nestled on an end table, or a great lamp lending a warm glow in the corner of the room next to a cozy chair and warm blanket. 

Inspiration can come from anything and everything, lending a helping hand wherever your art takes you. Both the fashion industry and the interiors are the perfect examples of this. There is no wrong answer, just whatever feels right.