Living: Into the Soul of Fabric

Japanese designers shape a fashion revolution in the West

If there are, say, ten great fashion designers in the world right now, then at least three of them are Japanese. These are not international celebrity couturiers, doing cunning variations on conventional forms. These are revolutionaries, insurgents whose aim is to modify, sometimes even change, the shape and form of clothing itself.

Yohji Yamamoto. Rei Kawakubo. Issey Miyake.

They are widely, wildly respected among the feudal states of fashion, and are beginning to be recognized in the big world outside. Even for people who may have...

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