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As stated in my last post I researched into Japanese design, this is my in depth research on those designers and their work.I did a lot of research on Japanese design last year so I looked back over this to refresh my memory.

These are some of the sources that I used for my research:

http://www.vogue.co.uk/fashion/spring-summer-2015/ready-to-wear/yohji-yamamoto

http://www.style.com/fashion-shows/spring-2015-ready-to-wear/yohji-yamamoto

YOHJI YAMAMOTO

He is a well respected designer within the industry, he often creates strange but conceptual pieces that aren’t always focused on functionality. His most recent collection was a new approach for him. In an article for style.com, Verner (2014) describes Yamamoto as never really considered sexiness within his work. This wasn’t the case for his newest works. As pictured below.

ISSEY MIYAKE

Miyake is often recognised by his soft sculptures and his S/S2015 RTW catwalk was no different. It was a sea of block colours with manipulative work that created patterns on the garments. These then transformed into patterned, colourful pieces that floated around the body. His work is exceptionally eye catching and if I were to choose from this area of designers, he would be my favourite. Despite his work being shapely and innovative, it is also very commercial – arguably more so than that of Yamamoto. Below are some of the images of his recent collection from the vogue.com archive.

REI KAWABUKO (COMME DES GARCONS)

If Miyake is the soft sculpture expert, then Kawabuko is the sculpture guru. Her designs are some of the most sculptured 3D works that run down todays catwalks. The S/S 2015 collection was of no disappointment. Red was clearly the colour for this season and the models had equally abstract hairstyles to match their outfits. I like the use of fabric in her collections, it’s almost like the she has the models stand still whilst she drapes material over them and then chops, twists and expands it from the body. Her work is truly inspirational and definitely worth looking into for anyone that wanted to look at manipulation. Again below the photos are from the vogue.com archive.

SO WHAT?

This research has shown me the other side of fashion, the not so westernised more fearless and forward thinking side. This type of work varies from directional collections (something that is not really functional in everyday life) and commercial collections that even though they could visually be more daring, are in fact easily produced in mass. Unlike that of couture where there are specific clients in mind and collections are smaller and created over a much longer period of time. Therefore this has helped me to decide whether I want my work to directional or commercial. From my research, I am more drawn to commercial fashion. I think that I like the challenge of creating the next trend and having the competition of the market.

NOW WHAT?

So now that this research although helpful has confirmed for me that I don’t wish to be a directional designer. I know that my designs are generally commercial but this helped me to explore the possibility of other areas. I am still going to experiment with manipulation as there are many of these techniques that are commercial and could be used on a much larger scale. I quite like the differences between commercialised fashions and the directional collections and am starting to think that this could be a potential topic for my essay.

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