Friday, March 27, 2009

Happy Birthday, Mies van der Rohe!

Mies van der Rohe a.k.a. the “father of modern architecture" was born today 123 years ago.
Quoting The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia:
"He left Germany in 1937 for the United States, where, from 1938 until his retirement in 1958, he headed the department of architecture at Chicago's Armour Institute (now the Illinois Institute of Technology), teaching and putting into practice the Bauhaus aesthetic that fused art with technology. There he planned the new campus and designed (1942–58) several of its buildings, notably the superb Crown Hall (1956), home of the architecture department."

We at Evil Kitty, along with other designers, celebrated his birthday on Wednesday right there at the Crown Hall. The Mies van der Rohe Society invited 8 Chicago designers to create garments based on Mies' landmarks. The event called "Van der Vogue" was also a fundraiser for ailing Carr Chapel which was Mies' only religious design. The building needs major renovations.

Carr Chapel was the building that was assigned to me. I had to admit that I was more inspired by its interior that exterior.
Hope you like my interpretation.

Here is the Chapel

Here is Carla wearing my dress

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