It is difficult to believe that these works which challenge construction, experiment with fabric, textile innovation and move towards space age shapes were produced in the 1980's. It is a prophetic flash of the East overtaking the West. Juni'chiro Tanizaki in his1933 text In Praise of Shadows found the essence of the Japanese aesthetic in shadows,. I think that 'shadows' is a beautiful way of describing the quality of these garments. Displayed in front of long drapes of opaque white fabric, it is the silhouette, the shape, the shadow and the inner shadows that are between folds or curves of fabric which are presented to us. This is where I have to mention the Japanese concept of 'ma' 'which views the void between objects as a rich energised space.' Which is one of those astonishing things that my Western eyes just can't quite grasp.
Mintdesigns Spring/Summer 2007
Tao Kurihara/ Tao Comme des Garcons, Spring/Summer 2009
Perhaps it seems obvious to conclude that Issey Miyake was a highlight. His newest project 132 5 is based upon folded polygons in a shimmering plastic fabric which metamorphose in to beautiful garments when worn on the body is an astounding innovation. Like fabric origami these tightly folded shapes become masterful creations. Future Beauty indeed.