This section has a number of profiles of people who have established
themselves in the international fashion world. The number of profiles
was getting so big that the page was becoming unwieldy. So, I've
created separate pages for each designer. The names and
pictures below should help you find the person you're looking
Japanese design first made a real impression on the fashion world
back in 1982, when some 12 designers showed their collections
in Paris at the pret-a-porter (ready-to-wear) shows. Today's famous
names, such as Issey Miyake, Kenzo, Yohji Yamamoto, Comme des
Garcons and Hanae Mori were not new but the collective works of
the 'mode Japonaise' or 'Japonaiserie' movement made a big impact
on contemporary fashion. Their use of inventive shapes and monochrome
tones, particularly the use of black, shook the fashion industry.
In the years since, only a few prominent names, such as Keita
Maruyama have been added to this established list. These days,
it's street fashion that's leading the way and young Japanese
are as hip as their contemporaries anywhere in the world. But
the established designers still play a big part in setting the
trends for world fashion.
For an up-to-date look at the latest shows in Japan, have a look
at Japan Today's Fashion section.
If you're looking for something more contemporary, try the
Design Festa site.
The firstVIEW site has extensive
photo collections of shows by all the major designers. The most recent shows are
available only by subscription.
Fashion in Japan is a general info site.
The Japan Fashion Association site has some English content.
As does the Council of Fashion Designers, Tokyo site.