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Can You Wear Architecture?

Can You Wear Architecture?


When the Architecture and Design Museum in Los Angeles celebrates "the wearable" this weekend, it will offer up art in the shape of clothing.

Charles Phoenix, the host for Saturday evening's fund-raiser, dreams about the combination of architecture and fashion. Imagine a "Pucci skyscraper," he says.

"On the flip side, I think it'd probably be funny to see Frank Gehry do a cardboard pantsuit inspired by his famous cardboard chair, or a titanium-covered dress influenced by a Walt Disney Concert Hall-style neckline," says Phoenix.

Those providing wearable pieces include architecture and furniture designer Karim Rashid, fashion designer Trina Turk, architects Robert A.M. Stern and Richard Meier, street artist Chase, and culinary artist Wolfgang Puck.

"How I really see the world is as a great big art installation," says Phoenix. "Some parts are better than others, but it's all interesting to me."

On the following pages, check out some of the offerings from Saturday's Celebrate: The Wearable event, which will be held at the museum from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

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