Thursday, 22 April 2010


le corbusier & walter gropius

le corbusier and walter gropius established the look that has become modern architect chic. here we see the I-don’t-work-in-a-proper- office jackets and the I’m-a-bit-artistic bow ties that originated with this duo. gropius’s bow tie is a little floppier than one would expect from the founder of bauhaus (right), but le corbusier’s pulled-together look is surely what one would expect of a man who used to design whole cities for a giggle.

zaha hadid

here we see zaha hadid proving that her aesthetic inclinations with regards to buildings are echoed in her wardrobe. In this photo, hadid is standing next to a sculpture she made for the serpentine gallery in 2007. it’s a bit of a chicken-and-egg question: which came first, the dress or the artwork?

peter eisenman

with the tie, the braces and, of course, the circular glasses, eisenman's most obvious inspiration is le corbusier, but, with his penchant for richard rogers-esque bright colours, he sometimes looks a little more like a technicolour magritte. most delightful is that, no matter how bright the tie and braces, his facial expression is always one of steadfast solemnity.

richard rogers

richard rogers' laid-back holiday style might seem at first a surprising diversion from standard modern architect chic. but those of us in the know see a man who dresses like his buildings. rogers was once seen in the pompidou centre, which is a plain structure encased in primary coloured detailings wearing a white suit with a bright yellow jacket: he was the human embodiment of his work.

daniel libeskind

from the tips of his spiky hair to the heels of his trademark cowboy boots, daniel libeskind’s outfit couldn’t scream modern architecture any louder if it stood in the street and bellowed through a megaphone.

norman foster

bravely ignoring us vogue editor anna wintour’s recent diktat, norman foster embraces the matchy-matchy look. devotees of trinny and susannah will applaud the way foster lengthens his leg by matching his trousers to his shoes.every one else will muse distractedly on whether he has a different pair of shoes for each pair of trousers.but as his full title is baron foster of thames bank, one feels it is a look that suits the man.

source: the guardian. article by hadley freeman.

1 comment:

  1. very well put !!!! so many details very well thought out !!!
    It is in earlier photos of le corb that he would not be caught out his element he would always make sure he would be in the 'creative genius' pose in his office holding a clutch pencil. It is interesting the way you put it keeping in mind that ones image is important .... weirdly enough it is appropriate to point out that architects OVERthink absolutely everything.
    after all it is not a coincidence that most architects wear black - less washing my tutor once told me -
    nice filed of thought the examples could go endless
    but i better put on my 'I-will-not-fail' t-shirt on
    and get down to work

    thnx guys you made me think of my future wardrobe