East Meets West: The Influence from Japanese Traditional Kimono to 1980s Japanese Fashion Designers and Further Influence Western Fashion
Savannah, Ga. : Savannah College of Art and Design
Thesis (M.F.A.) -- Fashion
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Fashion
Includes bibliographical references (p.53-54).
In the early 1980’s, Japanese fashion designers led by Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto and Rei Kawakubo debuted their designs in Paris. Their work invigorated the western fashion world because of the designs’ unisex look, novel cutting and folding techniques, and fabric creation. These Japanese designers found their inspiration in the traditional fashion of Japan including the kimono, Japanese folk costume and Japanese fabric making techniques. These artists’ vision was also shaped by core Japanese culture concepts and life in post-WWII Japan. This thesis explains how Japanese culture and costume inspired the designers and imbued their designs to western fashion with Japanese elements that unfamiliar for western. The thesis continues to show how the inspiration and vision of the designers can be incorporated into contemporary fashion developments, and also shows how those Japanese fashion characteristics are taken into the thesis collection with different forms.
CHAIR: Antoine, Denis
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