MOD IN MODERN

The relationship between hair and architecture has not been properly appreciated

The relationship between hair and architecture has not been properly appreciated.

Le Corbusier
Architect

Vidal Sassoon
Inspired

Le Corbusier influenced the way that people lived but Vidal Sassoon changed the way people looked and how they felt about themselves in the mirror. He was an icon in the fashion industry, specifically in the area of hairdressing. Both are still seen in our culture today–that’s how great it was.

Le Corbusier

The home is the treasure chest of living To create architecture is to put in order. Put what in order? Function and objects. Architecture is the learned game, correct and magnificent, of forms assembled in the light. Space and light and order. Those things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep. Vehement silhouettes of Manhattan-the vertical city with unimaginable diamonds.

A house is a machine for living in.

Corbusier saw the house as a machine for living were everything was in order–space, light, function and objects.

Sassoon

My whole work, beginning in the late 1950s, came from the Bauhaus. It was all about studying the bone structure of the face, to bring out the character. I hated the prettiness that was in fashion at that time. Only life regret not being able to go to school to study architecture. Architects have always been my heroes. Hair is another name for sex

I was cutting geometric architectural shapes and it felt good, because it worked.

Sassoon was primarily influenced by the bauhous and architectural forms that revolutionized the future of hair and fashion–specifically in the 1960s.

1. The Supports

Each of Corbusier’s 5 points are illustrated and compared to Sassoon’s work:

We want to point out the architectural support of the neck and legs in fashion and hair styling that sassoon used in each haircut as well as the underlying hair beneath the cut. This connects to the pelote that corbusier developed to support the form on top that, although taken into account, did not affect the structure on top.

2. The Roof Gardens

Through the rooftop gardens, corbusier’s idea is to use the space you take through the architecture for domestic purposes making it easy maintenance, self-sustaining and recovery of the built up area.

Vassoon’s haircuts were organic to the shape of the face and did not require a lot to maintain-- in other words, shorter hair is easy to take care of.

He saw the shape of a woman’s face as the landscape for his haircuts.

3. The Free Design of the Ground-Plan

Free design is a large aspect of the essay from Corbusier and is also the majority of what Sassoon attempted to show through his hairstyles. This focused on the raw materials, primarily concrete and free use of the ground space. He focused on the face and bone structure--the natural materials--as a method of informing each, individual haircut and embraced the original features of the person.

As you see here, Color blocking was a fashion trend in the 60’s as well. This is an example of individual colors and textures working by themselves but also working together as a whole outfit, just as the ground plan and facade and interior and exterior design work together.

4. The Horizontal Window

Corbusier’s primary goal for ribbon windows was to illuminate the space to the maximum amount. These horizontal windows let light and air to enter the space.

Sassoon used this same idea to all the viewer to see the model’s features to the best advantage. He opened up the neck and face for exposure and allowed a grid to show through his haircuts through their structure.

Each followed a specific line around the head.

5. The Free Design of the Facade

Back to free design, Corbusier’s building plans for the facade extended beyond the supports and allowed it to be independent from the design of the interior space to be utilized and design in any way.

Sassoon was dissatisfied with the “prettiness” of haircuts of the time and wanted to revolutionize the hair as a part of the person.

To do this, He focused attention on natural shapes and made them more interesting framed by a great cut. His blunt, modern style made him a celebrity and in turn, he helped create stars.

Free design of the facade can also be seen through fashion as a cover/facade for the body. The gridded structure shows up in the pattern of the dresses as well as the geometric shapes to many of the clothes produced.

Architecture is also the inspiration for corbusier’s furniture design that can be seen in Sassoon’s styles.

The people that were influenced by Corbusier, like Meis Van Der Roe, were also what inspired some of Sassoon’s work.

We are going to utilize only the first floor of the H&R blockspace through the first and second galleries. The first gallery will be used to display the free design of the facade and ground plan. The second gallery will be altered to show the supports, rooftop gardens, and horizontal windows.

We want to alter the space walls by adding curvature to the existing walls{click}Adding large-scale images across walls to show the connection between sassoon hairstyles and corbusier architectural forms{click}As well as explanation text to inform the visitor about the true meaning, which is architecture, of the space.

We want to alter the space walls by adding curvature to the existing walls{click}Adding large-scale images across walls to show the connection between sassoon hairstyles and corbusier architectural forms{click}As well as explanation text to inform the visitor about the true meaning, which is architecture, of the space.

We want to alter the space walls by adding curvature to the existing walls{click}Adding large-scale images across walls to show the connection between sassoon hairstyles and corbusier architectural forms{click}As well as explanation text to inform the visitor about the true meaning, which is architecture, of the space.

We want to alter the space walls by adding curvature to the existing walls{click}Adding large-scale images across walls to show the connection between sassoon hairstyles and corbusier architectural forms{click}As well as explanation text to inform the visitor about the true meaning, which is architecture, of the space.

For materials, we would like to make special use of texture as the visitor is led through the space through the iphone application that connects corbusier and sassoon. In addition to emphasis on texture, we want to include many of the images and quotes that you previously viewed to illustrate the comparison as a part of the exhibit. For example; color blocking, grid, curvature, angles and lines.

MOD IN MODERN
Drawing connections between hair and architecture

Corbusier gave 5 points towards a new architecture and Sassoon developed the 5 point haircut. One influenced the other and both made a big difference in their professional worlds that continue to influence architecture and styling today.

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