Friday, 28 September 2012

The Influence of Japanese Designers

The fashion world is now full of Japanese Fashion Designers and influences especially with reference to the latest Prada SS13 collection but they only first made an impact back in 1980's. Following on the back of  the  'mode Japonaise' or 'Japonaiserie' movement from a collective of Japanese designers. 



The big Japanese names include Issey Miyake, Kenzo, Yohji Yamamoto, Rei Kawakubo and Hanae Mori. In more recent years we've had Keita Maruyama, Atsuro Tayama and Junya Watanabe to name but a few. 



Issey Miyake, 74




Is one of the best known Japanese Fashion Designers. He's known for his technology driven clothing designs and fragrances.

His latest Collection for SS13 was targeted at men and involved mainly street styles.

Kenzo Takada, 73

He's a well known Japanese Fashion Designer and founder of Kenzo, a worldwide company of perfumes, skincare and clothing

Kenzo's latest SS13 Mens Collection at Paris Fashion week was made up of red, mint green and bright yellow block, with structured tailoured blazers and matching shoirts

Yohji Yamamoto, 69



He's one of the master tailourers in Japanese fashion and based in Tokyo and Paris. His collection tends to vear away from current trends and is known for oversized silhouettes in black often featuring drapery in a form of different textures.




His latest mens collection for SS13 offered a bruised and battered look. He also went for a martial arts feel with the tailoured pulled up trouser leg.


Rei Kawakubo, 69

She's a Japanese fashion designer and founder of Comme des Garcon, a company that grosses approx £100m plus every year. Her label can be described as anti-fashion with deconstructed garments and an austere feel about them.  




Her latest collection for SS13 was covered with printed and coloured suits, more noticeable was the opulent gold suits contrasted against the paler green and blue, not to mention the monobrows and ginger hair. 

Hanae Mori, 86

She's the only Japanese woman to have presented her collections on the runways of Paris and New York, and the first Asian woman to be admitted as an official haute couture design house by the Federation Fracaise de la couture in France.  



Her fashion house first opened in 1951 and grew to become a £300m plus international business in the 1990's.  She's now retired from the runways but continues to be an inspiration to fashion designers all over the globe.