Interior Vs Fashion

An insight to the evolving relationship between interior and fashion design

If you look closely, lines between fashion and interiors have long been blurred but over the past few years, they have started to share the same playground.

You have fashion designers that have tapped into both worlds of fashion and interior design. The most recognizable one is Missoni. Missoni was one of the first fashion houses to branch out to interiors and successfully establish a coherent and recognizable identity between the two. Others that are worth mentioning are Versace, Prada, Tommy Hilfiger, and Hermes.

There are design principles that apply both to putting an outfit together or furnishing a space – determining a focal point, creating silhouettes, the balance of proportion and details. Also, the hands-on process might be different with both but the thinking is similar. We get our ideas through inspiration, creativity, and experiences and translate all those ideas into garments and spaces.

Perhaps the greatest and most notable similarity between interior and fashion design is that they are both the means by which an individual can express himself or herself freely. So here are some images that might help you express style in both mediums.

This is an example of considered simplicity & has been designed or curated with timelessness in mind.

The red circular pattern evokes a poetic quality of the orient. The combination of these shapes contrasting with the wood of the furniture or the metal chain of the handbag incorporates traditional details, refined in form & interpreted for modern use and look.

Soft hues & matte architectural finishes afford the home and an outfit a natural feel. The intersection of design, art and fashion can be easily determined when the design is stripped back.

Reinvigorating humble accessories like a handbag or a pair of shoes in fashion and a seating area in interiors with a jolt of colour. Introducing extravagant materials such as a piece of jewellery or a collection of plants adds more interest to the look.

This scheme is relaxed but playful with the use of whimsical colours. These colours dance up the walls of the space to create a swirling mass of light and shade.

Everything these days is about fast-tracking, immediacy & instant gratification – a small downfall that both fashion and interiors share. Designers need to position themselves to be an antidote to ‘fast fashion’ or for our constant desire to get the latest stuff. This can be achieved by considering timeless detail & careful construction which will give priority over fleeting seasonal trends.