Beyond Western Convention

April 2011

Deft and defiant: Japanese fashion

Thirty years ago, issey miyake, rei kawakubo andYohji Yamamoto proved that there was an entirely new way to deal with fashion, landing in the international scene with an almighty thump. instead of entertaining the traditional form of haute couture, these Japanese designers deconstructed the glamorous look by disguising and even deforming the shape of the body. the Haus der kunst honours Japanese fashion from then to now, in a perfectly befitting exhibition.
Rei Kawakubo for Comme des Garçons, photo © Comme des Garçons
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