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Paris: Les Arts Décoratifs

Building Fashion

Monday 31 October – Thursday 10 November 2011

Building Fashion is a cutting-edge course – the only one of its kind in the world – focusing exclusively on novel approaches to the emerging practice of fashion and architecture. The fashion scene is not just a collection of captured images, but an ensemble of socio-morphological forces connecting people and catalysing experimental, open-ended design. Fashion, with its affinity for transformation, is a complex terrain of architectural identities, scenery and performance – a dynamic space yielding vanguard ideas.

Positioning ourselves on the edge of couture’s technological transformation, we will aim at rapid prototyping templates that stage sharp, raw, urban, experimental and alien spatial apparel logics.

This new season’s topics are concerned with the acquisition of an appropriate knowledge of the in-vogue association [fashion + architecture], supported by a mastery of essential digital skills as preparation for physical experimentation. To this end, Building Fashion will develop a two-fold laboratoire: Computational and Physical Investigations.

The Computational Investigations Lab is an interdisciplinary laboratory where students will engage with the study of generative and evolutionary design strategies in fashion through digital-based design research. The Physical Investigations Lab focuses on the study of physical performance and the manufacturing of novel spatial repertoires.

Physical prototyping will be an important instrument in developing an understanding of the design process. Alongside this intensive design input, the workshop will host a series of presentations and debates involving guest designers, entrepreneurs and internationally renowned participants.

The Paris Experience The stimulating cultural environment of Paris provides a concentrated introduction to a palette of fashion, design and architectural elements. Live learning is facilitated by site visits to the practices of the most important fashion designers in the world. The workshop will also take in an insightful retrospective of the British designer Hussein Chalayan’s wearable architecture, to be held at the Les Arts Décoratifs. Building Fashion is strengthened by a large network of Parisian patrons and sponsors, offering industrial, publishing and collaborative links.


The deadline for applications is 21 October 2011. All participants travelling from abroad are responsible for securing any visa required. After payment of fees, the AA can provide a letter confirming participation in the workshop.


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £695 per participant, which includes a £50 Visiting Membership made payable online. If you are already a member, the total fee will be reduced automatically by £50 by the online payment system.
Fees do not include flights. Accommodation during the workshop is not provided, but advice can be given for nearby affordable hotels. Fees are non refundable.

The workshop is open to architecture and design students and professionals worldwide.


Programme Director
Jorge Ayala

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

T +44 20 7887 4014
F +44 20 7414 0782

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The AA has undergone an educational oversight monitoring visit by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and have received its final report, which is available in full at:

The monitoring visit resulted in the following outcome:

The QAA monitoring team has concluded that we are making commendable progress in implementing the action plan from the Review for Educational Oversight.