In the 80s, Japanese designers such as Rei Kawakubo and Junya Watanabe of Comme des Garçons, Yohji Yamamoto, Issey Miyake and others launched a fashion aesthetic the like of which the West had never seen. They presented a radically different understanding of the human form, using dresses with strange, egg-like excrescences to illustrate the limitations of our ideas of beauty, and creating and designing for ma, the space between body and garment.
The exhibition was brilliant, and the clothes and ideas, the real deal in their audacity and commitment to the maker’s vision. Photography was not permitted, so the following photos are taken from the internet (with attribution, where I could find it).
At the end of the post is a video of the 2013 Spring/Summer collection for writtenafterwards, an edited version of which featured in the exhibition. To the soundtrack of unearthly Shinto music, it’s a strange, hypnotic experience. Start at the 21:00 mark.
Images (from top): (1) writtenafterwards, Spring/Summer 2013; (2) Yohji Yamamoto, Spring/Summer 1998-99 (white) | Yohji Yamamoto, Spring/Summer 2003 (black dress); (3) Junya Watanabe Comme des Garçons, Autumn/Winter 2009-10; (4) Comme des Garçons (Rei Kawakubo), Spring/Summer 2007; (5) Junya Watanabe Comme des Garçons, Autumn/Winter 2000-01; (6) unidentified; (7) Jun Takahashi Undercover, Autumn/Winter 2000-01; (8) Junya Watanabe Comme des Garçons, Autumn/Winter 2004-05; (9) Comme des Garçons (Rei Kawakubo), Spring/Summer 1997; (10) Comme des Garçons (Rei Kawakubo), Autumn/Winter 1995-96 (pink), Junya Watanabe Comme des Garçons, Autumn/Winter 2000-01 (floral).