Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto, two  designers based in Japan made an enormous impact on the international fashion.

There is the first exhibition in Europe, organised by Barbican Art Gallery,  enormous prehensively survey avant-garde Japanese fashion, from the early 1980s to now.

Two master desinger played a key role in this event.

I could also see other desingers works like Issey Mitake, Junya Watanabe and Young designers in the fields currently.

Yohji is known for an avant-garde spirit , didn’t followed the current trend , but re-creat by removing it.

His signature oversized silhouettes in black often feature drapery in varying textures.

Yamamoto’s work has also become familiar to consumers through his collaborations with other fashion brands, including Adidas (Y-3), Hermès, Mikimoto and Mandarina Duck; and with artists of different genres, such as Sir Elton John, Placebo, Takeshi Kitano, Pina Bausch and Heiner Müller.

Rei Kawakubo , She is untrained as a fashion designer, but studied fine arts and literature at the university.

seems like she took quite similar step in this field.

The brand she lauched in early 1980s, Comme des Garçons specialises in anti-fashion, austere, sometimes deconstructed garments. During the 1980s, her garments were primarily in black, dark grey or white. The materials were often draped around the body and featured frayed, unfinished edges along with holes and a general asymmetrical shape.  Rei likes to have input in all the various aspects of her business, rather than just focussing on clothes and accessories. She is greatly involved in graphic design, advertising and shop interiors believing that all these things are a part of one vision and are inextricably linked.

Also I made a trip to a comme de garcon shop in Dover st. but seemed Rei had much changes in her style, compared with her early but still impressive with the products.   

The two designers seems they are taking similar steps and both are likely inspired by Samurai costumes, especially bulky, oversized silhouette and dark color.  There was no special mention about that, but as Japanese designers, it’s likely to be refered. Their clothes are pretty interesting , epecially the construction. This will affect me when I explore for my project.

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