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The Similarities Between Fashion Design and Building Design

Fashion and building design both share similarities, some obvious, some not so obvious. Both of these intriguing occupations call on the talents of a creative individual who has a knack for design but remember that the design itself has to be functional as well. Clothes can't just look good. They have to also be made of a material that's comfortable and fit in a way that lets you move about freely. Likewise, buildings should have a striking appearance, but not at the expense of their functionality. Here are a few more ways that fashion and building design employ the same principles.


The first most obvious reason that building design and fashion are similar is that both are trying to achieve a certain aesthetic goal. For example, a fashion designer wants to create a beautiful shirt the same way an architect wants to create a powerful and impressive building design. This is one reason why the education to earn a master's degree in fashion design is similar to the education required to become a master in construction management or architecture. Both students are studying with design aesthetics in mind.

Material Selection

Materials are what the final design is going to be composed of, and someone creating a building from scratch is going to have to lay out a list of materials. Likewise, a fashion designer will also need to have their fabrics and other materials listed and obtained before they begin working to bring that creation to life. Materials are an important part of both the fashion designer and the building designer.


Trends in design will inevitably influence both types of designers. Fashion is very time period conscious, but there are also designers who like to shift those trends and take them to another level. Building designers are also likely to pay attention to building design trends and work from those beginning principles.


Both clothes and buildings have to be functional in their worlds. Fashion that doesn't fit right or is uncomfortable isn't going to be popular, no matter how unique it might be. On a minimal level, it has to at least be functional as whatever it is. Buildings are the same way. For example, can you imagine a building without a door? It's not going to function as a building, just a structure. Both types of designers will always design with functionality in mind.


Iconic Possibilities

Both a building designer and a fashion designer inevitably find themselves in a world that is part functional, part art. An enormous amount of creativity goes into both professions. While it doesn't happen often, there are buildings and clothes that have the potential to be iconic, or representative for their respective time periods, a sort of heroic reputation of what they are and what their designers wanted them to be. The best architects and fashion designers go on to be iconic themselves, rising above just what they do to be a name in their industries.

It's not surprising that fashion designers and architects often become famous in their lifetime. Clothes and buildings are a huge part of our everyday world and find their place in our past, present, and future. They're functional, often beautiful, and timeless in rare instances. Fashion design and building design will continue to be a part of our everyday lives, and studying either of these two subjects is similar. Each one gives a student the opportunity to one day leave behind a legacy of creativity, each in a different way.


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