The Japanese revolution in Paris fashion /

Kawamura, Yuniya, 1963-

The Japanese revolution in Paris fashion / - Oxford [England] : Berg, 2004. - x, 198 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm. - Dress, body, culture . - Dress, body, culture. .

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Fashion dominance in France : history and institutions -- The modern fashion system in France -- The global diffusion mechanism of fashion : past and present -- Social and technical differences among haute couture, demi-couture, and prêt-á-porter -- The Japanese fashion phenomenon in Paris since 1970 -- Type 1 : Kenzo, complete assimilation into the French fashion system -- Type 2 : Rei Kawakubo, Issey Miyake, and Yohji Yamamoto : construction of the avant-garde in Japanese fashion -- Type 3 : Hanae Mori : attainment of the ultimate designer status in Paris -- Conclusion : Paris as the battlefield of fashion.

"Paris is renowned as the greatest fashion capital in the world. It has a rigid and tightly controlled system that non-western designers have difficulty penetrating. Yet a number of the most influential Japanese designers have broken into this scene and made a major impact. How? Kawamura shows how 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. She considers many other key questions the fashion industry should be asking itself. Does the system facilitate or inhibit creativity? Has it become 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 is the first in-depth study of the Japanese revolution in Paris fashion and raises provocative questions for the future of the industry." -- Publisher

1859738109 9781859738108 185973815X 9781859738153

Fashion designers--Japan.
Fashion design--Japan.
Fashion design--France--Paris.

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