In the eyes of some, fashion is surrounded by the concepts of personal style, brand prestige, popularity and price. Although many of us would like to believe that our “love” for Christian Louboutin pumps is within our own fashion taste, it is known that many who purchase footwear from this designer are doing so because they saw it on the red carpet, or because the signature red sole is extremely well known. However, in the eyes of others, fashion is a creation of a very unique genre of art. Through color use, material selection and even specific draping and cut, fashion designers of any status can express themselves and their appreciation for artistic integrity through their wearable creations. It is inspiring to see the difference between a designer who is striving to stay “on trend” and presents consumers with pieces that they are comfortable with and likely to buy as compared to a designer that is creating a performance, a presentation of aesthetics, a language and a culture through their pieces.
If you are looking to be truly inspired and visually pleased by fashion, look no further than the Japanese fashion market. With amazing combinations of classic cultural staples and materials and new-age (and even sometimes futuristic) shapes and fits, Japanese fashion has excelled far beyond what the majority of the fashion world represents today. Japenese culture, as a whole, has been known to focus more on aesthetics than what is thought of to be “style” throughout all mediums of art – painting, dance, architecture, and of course, fashion. Japanese fashion designers, such as the well-known and praised Yohji Yamamoto, Kenzo Takado and Sacai, see their creations as an expression of color, light, movement, nature and true beauty. Some of the most beautiful pieces that can be seen on the runway today or even in fashion museum archives have been created by Japanese designers and have influenced numerous famous designers across the globe (check out 2013 lines released by Prada and Jean Pierre Braganza). If you flip through the latest copy of Japanese Vogue, you will not be able to ignore the accentuated use of color, pattern and even drawn language that is present through each and every design and advertisement.
To view some amazingly beautiful, unique and aesthetically pleasing Japanese fashion designs, look no further than the LIM College library, where you can find a large array of resources of Japanese fashion!
The Japanese Revolution in Paris Fashion by Yuniya Kawamura
Posted on December 02, 2013 I Blog post by Anne St. Hilaire (student worker of the LIM College Library)