The Identity of Iranian Architecture and the Formation of Fashion Design Ideas

Pouria Mohammad Karimi, Cyrus Bavar


Throughout history, fashion and architecture have repeated each other in terms of form and appearance. It seems quite natural that they share not only their initial function, which is to provide shelter and protect human; but also show skills in creating space and volume beyond the two-dimensional plates and materials. In recent years, the relationship between clothing design and architecture has become more significant. Computer tools and software have changed the borders of designing each one. Buildings are more fluid and clothes are more architectural. The architectural alphabet in fashion from one hand, and on the other hand the fashion ideas and methods used in architecture as well as experiencing similar themes in both domains are among the features of these arts. The exploitation of such common points among the two areas challenges the conventional ideas and pre-defined concepts of design, putting forward new solutions and experiences for designers. In this research, some of these common ideas have been studied and how these ideas are linked within both of these domains. The method of this research is descriptive and analytical; and data are collected from documents and research materials including books, articles, photos and electronic resources. This research seeks the common ideas in architecture and fashion and their mutual interaction with each other and provides some examples in both arts. The results of this research show that architecture has an effective role in shaping fashion and the attitude to the clothing design.


Architecture Identity; Iranian Architecture; Design; Fashion.


Quinn, Bradley. "The fashion of architecture." (2003).

Hedayat, Abbas. "Inquiry on interrelationships between architecture and fashion design." PhD diss., Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU), 2012.

Bozorgmehr, S., Mohammadi, M. “clothing, visual arts, architecture: intertextual discourse”. Journal of Visual Arts and Applied Sciences (2011) no. 6. 107-128.

Crewe, Louise. “Wear: Where? The Convergent Geographies of Architecture and Fashion”. Environment and Planning A 42, no. 9 (January 2010): 2093–2108. doi:10.1068/a42254.

Paksoy, H., Yalcin, S. “Architectural inspirations in fashion design”. In The 3 rd International Symposium of Interactive Media Design (2005, January).

Kotb, R. M. “Art Deco architectures as inspiration source in fashion design”. International journal of Science Commerce and Humanities (2014). 2(3), 1-17.

Kaur, Navdeep. “Developing one piece dresses for college going girls inspired from architecture”. PhD diss., Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, (2014).

Park, Seon-Ji, and Eun-Hyuk Yim. “Comparison of the Functional Minimalism in Fashion and Architecture.” Journal of the Korean Society of Clothing and Textiles 37, no. 3 (April 30, 2013): 247–259. doi:10.5850/jksct.2013.37.3.247.

Sourian, Z., Taheri Sarmad, F. “Comparative comparisons of architecture and fashion and clothing”. The 3rd International Congress of Civil, Architectural and Urban Development (no. ICSAU03_1878), (2016).

Kateb, F., Khodi, E. “The Common Ideas in Fashion Design and Architecture with Juvent Intertextual Approach”. Quarterly of the University of Art, (2015) no. 15. 107-127.

Dehkhoda, A. A. “Dehkhoda dictionary”. (1973).

Archer, M. “Art since 1960”. Translated by Youssefi K, (2008). Tehran: Artist's career.

Amir Nezhad Mozhdehi, M., Najafi Bajarsari, L. “Architecture and its relationship with fashion design and the role of clothing”. International Conference on Civil, Architectural, Urban and Environmental Management in the Third Millennium (no. SDUMEW01_276), (2006).

Buxbaum, Gerda, and Gerda Buxbaum. Fashion in context. Springer, 2009.

Hornbeck, Elizabeth. “Skin + Bones: Parallel Practices in Fashion and Architecture, by Brooke Hodge.” Design and Culture 2, no. 2 (July 2010): 247–249. doi:10.2752/175470710x12696138525901.

Stewart, J. (2017, April 6). Side by Side Images Reveal How Much High Fashion is Inspired by Architecture. Retrieved January 16, 2018, from

Azolddin, Ghazaleh. Fashion design and architecture-Design of clothing with the language of buildings. (2017).

Lucien, L. 9 Fashion Designers Tell AD How They Are Inspired by Architecture. (2016).

Fabric and proses. (2018). Retrieved January 16, 2018, from

Amy, T. (2009, January 28). Cheat Sheet | Architectural Fashion. Retrieved January 16, 2018, from

Hand made Persian - coat/ manto. (2018). Retrieved January 16, 2018, from—manto

Rezaei, Saeid. Falahat, Mohammad Sadegh. Kalami, Maryam. (2016). The Role of Information Technology in Creating the Sense of Place. (I. Badran, Ed.) Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 11(5), 958-963. Retrieved from

Full Text: PDF

DOI: 10.28991/cej-030982


  • There are currently no refbacks.

Copyright (c) 2018 Pouria Mohammad Karimi, Cyrus Bavar

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.