Author(s): Yoko Takagi
For more than three decades, Tokyo has been at the epicentre of the fashion world, and now a cadre of new designers are expressing themselves in remarkably creative ways. This book profiles the works of ten designers whose use of textiles, meticulous attention to material and workmanship, and interaction with other creative disciplines have created a new atmosphere of connectivity and engagement on the Tokyo runways. The whimsical, geometric, three-dimensional creations of ANREALAGE; h.NAOTO's dark and cute Gothic Lolita world; the subcultural image of keisuke kanda; matohu's reinterpretation of Japanese tradition; the elaborately poetic textiles from mina perhonen; mintdesigns, whose goal is to make clothes as product design; SASQUATCHfabrix's street style for men; the elegant gothic bodywears of SOMARTA; the interaction between art, fashion and performance by THEATRE PRODUCTS; and writtenafterwards' conceptually fabricated creations are all pictured here. These Japanese designers are fashioning a new, transformative approach to what we wear and why we wear it.
TAKAGI Yoko is professor at the Bunka Gakuen University. NARUMI Hiroshi is associate professor at the Kyoto University of Art and Design. NISHITANI Mariko is chief editor of High Fashion Online. HORI Motoaki is chief curator at the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery