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Designing Planes and Seams evokes parallels between two disparate design fields — landscape and fashion — in order to reveal their shared concerns of cultural production within contemporary society. The exhibition is co-curated by Harold Koda (MLA ’00), fashion scholar and former curator-in-chief of the Anna Wintour Costume Center at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and acclaimed landscape architect Ken Smith (MLA ’86).
Designing Planes and Seams concerns itself with the logic, process, and expression that these two fields of design share, ultimately proposing that both are fundamentally concerned with designing material structures that fit an organic body, and that are expressive of both the designer’s intellectual process as well as the wearer’s form. The exhibition also addresses the fields’ shared concern with cultural expression—of identity and personality, social status, group affiliation and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, power and politics, as well as other cultural narratives.