Phaidon: The unique aesthetic of the Japanese way of dress

FASHION: 30 Years of Japanese Aesthetics at the Barbican

Japanese design, although informed by a unique sensibility, is not all the same. Issey Miyake is as bold and original as ever with his geometric experiments with intricately folded polygons of recycled material, while Rei Kawakubo, earth mother of Japanese modernism, founded the label Commes des Garçons with a unique personal aesthetic thirty years ago, and she has never deviated from her own standards of a controlled but voluptuous elegance.

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