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Dazed & Confused
"Perfection is ugly, I want to see scars, failure, disorder, distortion." ()

Piet Mondrian (1872 - 1944)

Composition with Double Line (unfinished), 1934

2013/11/06, N09035, Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale

Est: $6,000,000 - 8,000,000

Yohji Yamamoto Y’s for Men

He lives in a highrise condo in Nakameguro, and true to his design-related work, his apartment looks like a catalog for an interior decor shop. “I enjoy cleaning,” he tells his duly impressed girlfriend. Originally he was a diehard fan of Luna Martino (the brand Takeshi Kaga wore on Iron Chef so long ago!) When he was still in design school, he wore the designer faithfully as his everyday outfit until the delicate stitchery practically fell apart, so now he only has a very few of his very favorites. Though from years back, he also began collecting Yohji Yamamoto and Y’s for Men, some forty tops in all. For trousers, he special-ordered several pairs of the same style from Luna, which he’s worn every day in rotation until utterly threadbare. Now with only two pairs left and the brand long since disappeared, each day he wonders what to do. He first took interest in Yohji after reading a magazine interview with Yamamoto. He trotted over to the shop for a look, and was completely taken by the beautiful silhouettes. “The scooped curve around the body was so distinctive.” He doesn’t collect so very much, but he does have a few variations on the same particularly favorite designs in his closet, gleamed from everywhere all over Japan. And in case you want to know, his curtains are Yamamoto’s Y’s for Living brand. After Yohji and Y’s, he’s begun chasing down work by Nada Noda for yet more things to fill up his space. He’s got drawings and figurine series and even the artist’s Imaginary Pregnancy Kit. Can’t stop now, this avid collector spares no time or expense when there’s something he’s out to get.”


Comme des Garçons

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Anonymous said: what do you think that makes a collection that could be seen as "simple" or has simple shapes, a great collection

Well, it all depends on the technical aspects. The patterns made could be the most difficult thing on earth to make but the outcome on clothing may be totally different (simplistic) and that’s what makes it a great collection, for instance, this is why Yamamoto is worshipped, simple collections, but on the technical aspect, god knows what’s going on there, take Miyake and Kawakubo for instance, visualize their clothing being drawn on a piece of paper, measured, mark down where the folds and pleats go, centimeter by centimeter, if you take this into consideration when viewing their clothing being modeled, then heck, you sure do say to yourself, “less is more”, but it also all comes down to their rational thinking as well, I’m sure they can never make anything like what Schiaparelli made. Excuse me, I got a bit carried away from the main question and I’m just babbling to myself now.

Issey Miyake MOVES, 2002

"You lost all interest in this world. You were disappointed and discouraged, and lost interest in everything. So you abandoned your physical body. You went to a world apart and you’re living a different kind of life there. In a world that’s inside you."


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eiryu INOUE “Children of Kamagasaki” 2011 Photobook Ltd Ed 500

PHOTO JAPON 創刊2号(1983年) 


Illustration by Jo In Hyuk

Nobuyoshi Araki and Takeshi “Beat” Kitano

"Nothing new can come out of a situation without suffering."

COMME des GARÇONS & Kahori Maki , AW2005-6

Issey Miyake SS 98