When Rei Kawakubo established her Fashion brand, Comme des Garcons & Yoji Yamamoto, she exposed her avant-guard styles and everybody raised a brow. These were the 1980’s and the fashion world was not ready for the big revolution that was already spilling out of Japan into the West.
The creative adult is the child who survived (Ursule le Guin). This is always what comes to my mind when I watch new collections that we receive from Japan.
The Japanese design changed dramatically the relation between Fashion & Body.
No more exact fitting & tailoring.
No more garments that look perfect on the hanger.
Yes to garments with beauty that is enhanced by movement & perfect tailoring.
Outfits that are enhanced by new & different styling, with a breath taking result.
Present fashion receives nowadays in Japan a status of a new religion.
The elite of designers are adamant in their pursue of the best quality while keeping the non conformist, loose, never body hugging look.
While the young generation uses the mix of fashion as an ideological & political stand against the strict & severe Japanese codes.
I cannot stop admiring this process and again comes to mind from a most brilliant mind: “Imagination is Everything. It is the preview to life’s coming attractions”. (Albert Einstein)