Japanese design makes its name at home and overseas

Aug 27, 2017

Japanese design makes its name at home and overseas

In Japanese fashion this month, we see two local designers embarking on international careers by taking over one of Italy's most well-known brands, along with a new two-day fashion and lifestyle market in Harajuku, with attractions for the whole family. Costume National fall-winter 2018 menswear Storied ...

Is Japanese fashion ready to make a point?

Jul 23, 2017

Is Japanese fashion ready to make a point?

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A Ha-Ha 2015 runway show included models in wheelchairs Japanese fashion has never really been a successfully influential vehicle for protest movements and political statements. There have been attempts, such as the design collective Ha-Ha, which again became the enfant terrible of Amazon Fashion Week Tokyo ...

Fashion veterans make new moves

Jun 25, 2017

Fashion veterans make new moves

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They may be newcomers to Tokyo, but behind the fashion names picking up traction this summer is a wealth of experience combined with honed artisanal skills. Affordable minimalism The beauty of origami folds, pleats and twists in clothing is usually something that could only be appreciated ...

Japan's cult brands get into character

Feb 27, 2016

Japan's cult brands get into character

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When the topic turns to "Cool Japan" and the various related efforts to capitalize on Japan's indubitable cultural capital internationally, commendation — or more frequently the lack thereof — is easy to come by. The question of how Japan markets its own culture domestically, ...

Dressing up the fabric of time in Kobe

Dec 8, 2015

Dressing up the fabric of time in Kobe

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A dazzling show of 100 detailed replicas of historical women's garments, "Kimono: From the Kofun to the Edo Period" at the Kobe Fashion Museum takes us back in time in two ways. The first way is obvious. The time span of the costumes on display, ...

Seduced by the Undercover labyrinth

Nov 10, 2015

Seduced by the Undercover labyrinth

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It's undeniable that when designer Jun Takahashi founded Undercover — which celebrates its 25th anniversary with its first retrospective at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery — he was strongly influenced by the pioneers of deconstruction fashion Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto. His first few ...