Japanese Style Clothing

February 28, 2012

japanese style clothing issey miyake collage

Japanese Style Clothing by Issey Miyake

Contemporary Japanese clothing styles blur the lines between the traditional Japanese clothes and Western fashion trends. Incorporation of Western influence into everyday Japanese clothes has begun in the early 19th century and has evolved into the fascinating Japanese-style clothing that comprises preppy Western-style clothes with a touch of Japanese cuteness and boundary-blurring Japanese street style clothing. The three giants behind the major Japanese fashion brands are Issey Miyake, Yohiji Yamamoto, and Rei Kawakubo.

Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake is the powerhouse behind design favoring unique textiles, fabrics, and methods of crafting garments. His monochromatic silhouettes draw on the traditional Japanese kimono, subtly camouflaging the body yet producing a slick, streamlined shape. In addition to the very successful main line, Issey Miyake for men and women, the Miyaki Company launched a colorful women’s line Issey Miyaki Fete; Pleats Please Issey Miyaki – a line based on the revolutionary garment pleating technique developed by the designer, HaaT – a women’s line, and A-POC. The latter stands for ‘a piece of cloth’, and allows each customer to cut the machine-pressed tube of fabric into a desired shape.

Yohiji Yamamoto Fashion

Yohiji Yamamoto Creation

Yohiji Yamamoto’s successful main lines, Yohiji Yamamoto and Y’s, are known for the avant-garde style far removed from the mainstream trends. His signature oversized silhouettes, skewed proportions and odd shapes that still manage to create a perfectly cohesive look have a devoted following around the world. The influence of his seemingly monastic yet scrumptiously sexy garments lingers in collections of designers as diverse as Marc Jacobs and Martin Margiela.

Rei Kawakubo - Comme des Garcons

Rei Kawakubo - Comme des Garcons

Rei Kawakubo, a visionary designer behind Comme des Garcons, introduced austere, anti-concept, often deconstructed garments to the world of fashion. Since its establishment in 1969, the label has produced diverse yet always unique collections, offering new takes on ‘Kawai’ world of Japanese girls, rock’n’roll, and punk. Over the years, Comme des Garcons has added three distinct sub-labels, led by Junya Watanabe, Tao Kurihara, and Fumito Ganryu. Each of these brands add a dimension of their own: Junya Watanabe – very structured clothes from technologically advanced fabrics with a touch of traditional cotton; Tao Kurihara – hybrid designs combining unexpected materials in soft, free-flowing garments; Fumito Ganryu – unisex Japanese street style clothing.

Japanese Style Clothing - Harajuku

Japanese Style Clothing - Harajuku

In addition to these labels, Japan has developed unique Japanese street style clothing lines, such as A Bathing Ape, Evisu, Uniqlo, Headporter, OriginalFake, Visvim, XLarge, W)Taps. W)Taps, founded by a Harajuku-style streetwear designer Tetsu Nishiyama, has been particularly popular in recent years. The brand combines military-style garments with street-influenced t-shirts and denim. Since Japanese street style clothes have numerous diverse sub-niches, smaller brands catering to the needs of specific fashion groups have sprung up, such as Baby, the Stars Shine Bright and Angelic Pretty for Lolita style; Liz Lisa, Cecil McBee, Emoda, Tralala for Gyaru style; Alba Rosa for Ganguro style. Lolita, Punk, Gyaru, Gongura, Visual Key, and Dolley Key comprise Harajuku sub-niche of Japanese street style clothes. Harajuku style clothing constantly changes, reflecting the tastes and preferences of young adults. Harajuku fashion style has its origins in the trendy neighborhood of Harajuku in Shibuya ward of Tokyo. Since then, Harajuku style has influenced many collections and clothing labels for youth in Japan and around the world.

Purchasing Japanese style clothing online can be easily done through the websites of major brands.

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