Friday, January 25th, 2008

Interior Design and Fashion Design


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I’ve been thinking about the relationship between interior design and fashion design for awhile now. I think my very favorite example is this:


For those of you too young to remember, this is from The Carol Burnett Show spoof skit, “Went with the Wind.” When Michael Kors references Scarlett O’Hara, Carol and curtains on Project Runway, this is what he’s talking about. God I miss that show. It was HILARIOUS!

Lately I look around at fashion and interior design and the trends are interchangable. Right now, exotic textiles seem to have spread from beds to bodies. It’s hard to know which design field started it first. Oscar de la Renta, who has home furnishing and fashion designs seems to be leading the suzani and ikat fads over to fashion:



For zebra, who knows? It’s been a staple at Dior for years:




Animal skins have always been popular in both interior design and fashion design. In this case, I think the snake went from boots to bags and then from bench to trench. My favorite example is the only good thing in the movie “The Nanny Diaries” (Blockbuster, I want my four bucks back), Laura Linney’s fabulous Dior Python trench:


Here it is on a bench made by Two’sCompany:


The recent ikat rage started in interior design, but is now all over the runways. Madeline Weinrib has been leading the pillow charge, while Oscar d.l.R. has brought it over to dresses:





Yves St. Laurant is in on the Ikat action as well. This one is somewhere between deconstructed Ikat and Ombre:




Here’s the latest from Diane von Furstenberg:


Well, I have a stack of ripped-out pages from glossies and could go on forever, but I’ll stop here for now or else this post will never be published!

Carol Burnett Show photo from

Suzani photo from Domino December 2007, via girl meets glamour. Suzani-inspired skirt is an Oscar de la Renta ad from Vogue February 2008.

Zebra chairs photo from H&G. Zebra rug photo from Domino. Does anyone remember the original room this one was inspired by? I can’t seem to find it, I think it’s from the 1920s. Zebra trench from a Dior ad in February 2008 Vogue.

Laura Linney still from The Nanny Diaries via The Washington Post. Python bench from

Ikat pillows from Madeline Weinrib. Ikat living room from InStyle Home. Ikat sofa: Lee Jofa’s Pardah Print as seen in H&G. Ikat dress from Oscar de la Renta. YSL Ikat bag from Nordstrums; illustration by R. Toledo. J. Lo photo from Bazaar. Last Ikat photo is from Bazaar as well.

About Becky:
Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the Editorial Director here on Hatch, you can find me talking design over at Houzz. Make me happy — leave a comment!

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Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the Editorial Director here on Hatch, you can find me talking design over at Houzz. Make me happy — leave a comment!



  1. Peter Reynolds says:

    January 25th, 2008 at 2:46 am (#)

    Is that where Carol Burnett says “I saw it in the window, and I just had to have it”?

  2. Becky says:

    January 25th, 2008 at 9:15 am (#)

    I forgot about that! Hilarious!


  3. franki durbin says:

    January 25th, 2008 at 12:48 pm (#)

    darling, you beat me to the punch! I’ve been writing a (yawn… long) post about the blending of these two once disparate arenas.

    Although fun, there are major downsides to the blending of the two fields. I think I’ll shorten my post and link to you! 🙂

  4. Stratos says:

    January 28th, 2008 at 3:13 am (#)

    Fashion and interior design always exchange ideas – I love it myself!

  5. maryam in marrakesh says:

    February 5th, 2008 at 12:10 am (#)

    I think it looks fabulous! I am ready to wear ikat and suzani. I need a fabulous coat.

  6. Decorating interior design says:

    June 26th, 2008 at 2:31 pm (#)

    i love the prints. they all look elegant.

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