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The Next Wave of Designers

Bonnie English

Bonnie English is an Associate Professor in Art and Design Theory at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Japanese Fashion Designers : The Work and Influence of Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto and Rei Kawakubo

Berg, 2011

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...Bonnie English In no other country in the world does innovation define culture as profoundly as in Japan. In no other country in the world does innovation define culture as profoundly as in Japan.Younger designers, who are apprenticed...
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...Junya Watanabe’s Autumn/Winter 1997 show for his eponymous label was presented at Paris fashion week. Opening with a series of matching round neck jackets and matching pants, models walked out in groups throughout the show with stoic faces...
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...Junya Watanabe’s Spring/Summer 1997 show was presented at Paris Fashion Week. The collection was reflective of Watanabe’s ‘techno couture’ as unusually structured tailored jackets and vests were created out of modern, technical fabrics...

Japanese Innovation

Bradley Quinn

Bradley Quinn is an author, journalist and independent scholar with expertise in fashion, textiles and design. His books include Techno Fashion, The Fashion of Architecture, Chinese Style, Scandinavian Style and Mid-century Modern. As his survey of fashion and textile technology charts recent developments, Quinn explores the furthermost boundaries of what the new generation of textiles can achieve. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Techno Fashion

Berg Publishers, 2002

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...Provocative, radical, unwearable, incomprehensible: descriptions like these often reference the work of Japanese designers. Finding words to describe their approach is difficult because the conceptual nature of their clothes often defies...
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...Junya Watanabe's Spring/Summer 1998 collection was presented at Paris Fashion Week. This show took place during the height of the designer's career who had gained attention for his abstract pattern manipulation often making use...

Junya Watanabe

Designer biography

...Junya Watanabe was born in Fukushima, Japan in 1961. Watanabe graduated from Bunka Fashion College, Tokyo, in 1984. He began his career by working for Rei Kawakubo, owner, founder, and designer at Comme des Garçons, as a pattern maker...