Japanese Revolution in Paris Fashion / Edition 1

Japanese Revolution in Paris Fashion / Edition 1

by Yuniya Kawamura
     
 

Despite recent challenges from New York, London and Milan, Paris is renowned as the greatest fashion capital in the world. Its distinctive categorization of haute couture, demi-couture, and pret-a-porter reflects a highly structured and tightly controlled system that non-western designers have had difficulty penetrating. Yet a number of the most influential Japanese… See more details below

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Despite recent challenges from New York, London and Milan, Paris is renowned as the greatest fashion capital in the world. Its distinctive categorization of haute couture, demi-couture, and pret-a-porter reflects a highly structured and tightly controlled system that non-western designers have had difficulty penetrating. Yet a number of the most influential Japanese designers have broken into this scene and made a major impact. How? Paris couturiers and designers operate a gate-keeping system that is not only exclusive and rigorous but highly demanding. But, Kawamura asks, does the system facilitate or inhibit new forms of creativity? She shows how traditional French fashion has been both disturbed and strengthened by the addition of 'outside' forces such as Kenzo Takada, Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto, Rei Kawakubo and Hanae Mori. At the same time she considers many other key questions the contemporary fashion industry should be asking itself. Has it, for example, become primarily preoccupied with the commercial projection of 'product images' rather than with the clothing itself? And what direction will French fashion take without Saint Laurent, Miyake and Kenzo? This insightful book provides the first in-depth study of the Japanese revolution in Paris fashion and raises provocative questions for the future of the industry.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781859738108
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
05/01/2004
Series:
Dress, Body, Culture Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
1290L (what's this?)

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Table of Contents

Introduction : clothing and fashion1
Pt. 1Fashion culture in France
1Fashion dominance in France : history and institutions21
2The modern fashion system in France35
3The global diffusion mechanism of fashion : past and present57
4Social and technical differences among haute couture, demi-couture and pret-a-porter73
Pt. 2Interdependence between Japanese designers and the French fashion system
5The Japanese fashion phenomenon in Paris since 197091
6Type 1 : Kenzo : complete assimilation into the French fashion system113
7Type 2 : Rei Kawakubo, Issey Miyake, and Yohji Yamamoto : construction of the avant-garde Japanese fashion125
8Type 3 : Hanae Mori : attainment of the ultimate designer status in Paris151
Conclusion : Paris as the battlefield of fashion163
AppResearch design165
AppSupplementary tables173

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