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Charles James

Rio Ali

Source: Fashion Photography Archive 2015

Designer Biography

Kosuke Tsumura

Alessandro Esculapio

Source: Fashion Photography Archive 2015

Designer Biography

Mitsuhiro Matsuda

Elizabeth Glendinning

Source: Fashion Photography Archive 2015

Designer Biography

Ronaldus Shamask

Shari Sims

Source: Fashion Photography Archive 2015

Designer Biography

Rei Kawakubo and Comme des Garçons

Bonnie English

Source: Japanese Fashion Designers. The Work and Influence of Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto and Rei Kawakubo 2011

Book chapter

Vera Mackie (2003: 144)… women [in Japan] were condemned to be ‘mothers’ or ‘whores’.

Fashion, Dress, and Interior Spaces

Peter McNeil

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Global Perspectives 2010

Encyclopedia entry

Clothes are animated by bodies moving in space, and attitudes toward work and leisure that have changed dramatically across culture and time. In early modern Europe until the eighteenth century, sumptuary laws extended well beyond dress to even the type of finish and materials used in interior design. Other societies, including China and Thailand, continuously attempted to control these appearances. In England in the post-Restoration decades, very wealthy women exhibited new independence in the d

Hussein Chalayan: Controversial Fashion Designer or Bridge between East and West?

Bradley Quinn

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Central and Southwest Asia 2010

Encyclopedia entry

Artist, filmmaker, architect, designer: descriptions like these are often attached to Hussein Chalayan, a fashion designer and self-styled “ideas person” who forges unexpected alliances between garments, environments, imagery, and technology. Chalayan frequently brokers significant connections between fashion and other creative disciplines. As Chalayan builds bridges between the visual, the ideological, the invisible, and the tangible, his designs challenge preconceived notions of what clothing c

Lesotho

Gary van Wyk

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Africa 2010

Encyclopedia entry

Lesotho is surrounded by South Africa, where many of its citizens reside, bringing wages and Western clothing home to relatives. Traditional dress is still worn, especially at initiation ceremonies or when honoring the king. The founding ruler, Moshoeshoe I (d. 1870), solidified the Basotho nation by accepting various refugees fleeing troubles in southern Africa in the 1820s, Lesotho being named after the primary ethnic group. While he based Basotho traditions on the values of his people, the Koe

When Is Fashion Design?

Ingrid Loschek

Source: When Clothes Become Fashion. Design and Innovation Systems 2009

Book chapter

An object is not a design object as such; it becomes one as a consequence of the pretension with which the object is used. This pretension is based on a social component. A functional object such as a car tyre may become design when adapted into a table, from which the question emerges: When is design? The car tyre is design when it is recognised and declared as such, and thus becomes socially relevant. With reference to the alienation of objects in design, for example a bucket painted in bright

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