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The Japanese revolution in Paris fa : Dress, Body, Culture - Yuniya Kawamura

The Japanese revolution in Paris fa

Dress, Body, Culture

Hardcover Published: 1st May 2004
ISBN: 9781859738108
Number Of Pages: 210

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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 prt--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.

Figuresp. vii
Tablesp. viii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: Clothing and Fashionp. 1
Fashion Culture in France
Fashion Dominance in France: History and Institutionsp. 21
The Modern Fashion System in Francep. 35
The Global Diffusion Mechanism of Fashion: Past and Presentp. 57
Social and Technical Differences among Haute Couture, Demi-Couture and Pret-a-Porterp. 73
Interdependence between Japanese Designers and the French Fashion System
The Japanese Fashion Phenomenon in Paris since 1970p. 91
Type 1: Kenzo. Complete Assimilation into the French Fashion Systemp. 113
Type 2: Rei Kawakubo, Issey Miyake and Yohji Yamamoto. Construction of the Avant-Garde Japanese Fashionp. 125
Type 3: Hanae Mori. Attainment of the Ultimate Designer Status in Parisp. 151
Conclusion: Paris as the Battlefield of Fashionp. 163
Research Designp. 165
Interview Schedulep. 173
Supplementary Tablesp. 175
Bibliographyp. 181
Indexp. 195
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ISBN: 9781859738108
ISBN-10: 1859738109
Series: Dress, Body, Culture
Audience: BAC
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 210
Published: 1st May 2004
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1