Monday, 21 October 2013

Fashion designers

Maison Martin Margiela 
(cut/fabric manipulation)

Born: April 9, 1957
Country: Belgian
Brand: Maison Martin Margiela (MMM) 
Concept: Deconstruction

"During the 1980s, the Japanese avantgardists, with Rei Kawakubo—creator of the label Comme des Garçons—had turned the fashion scene upside-down with their eccentric and ground-breaking designs. Martin Margiela and the Antwerp Six would carry on the work, revolting against the luxurious fashion world with garments of oversized proportions such as long arms, and with linings, seams and hems on the outside. The concept of deconstruction (also embraced by Kawakubo) is important for the understanding of Margiela's fashion statement. Margiela famously redesigns by hand objects such as old wigs, canvases and silk scarves into couture garments."

Dries Van Noten

Born: May 22, 1958
Country: Belgian
Education: Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp
Brand: Dries Van Noten
Concept: "poetic, ethnic-eclectic"

"One of the original Antwerp Six, the group of emerging Belgian designers who transformed the city into an epicenter of avant-garde fashion design in the eighties...
While a brooding, intellectual quality has evolved as the hallmark of Belgian designers, Van Noten continually balances it with what Vogue refers to as his "poetic, ethnic-eclectic" aesthetic. His loyal following remains so thanks to his artful and dynamic prints, intricate embroidery, and the wearable nature of his designs. His signature looks include the floral tent dress, the iris-print blouse, and a chunky sweater layered over pants or a skirt in contrasting patterns."


The brand does not offer haute couture; all of its designs are ready to wear and available at retail: "'I'm a little naive but I don't like the idea of showing things that you don't sell in a store", said Van Noten in a recent interview.


Eley Kishimoto

Founder: Mark Eley, Wakako Kishimoto
Specialist: Print

"Designers Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto founded Eley Kishimoto in the early nineties as print designers. Their imaginative and pretty designs worked their way onto the catwalks of Louis Vuitton, Alexander McQueen and Jil Sander among others. Following this success, Eley Kishimoto branched out into its own main range of womenswear. Today’s Eley Kishimoto label includes menswear, childrenswear, accessories and homeware, all reflecting their distinctive print designs."
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Yohji Yamamoto
(fabric manipulation)

Born: October 3, 1943
Country: Japan
Brand: Yohji Yamamoto
Concept: traditional Japanese culture,
                 black colour,
                 oversized silhouettes,
                 unisex style


Manish Arora (print and embroidery)
Boudicca (manipulation)
Viktor and Rolf (concepts)
Hussein Chalayan (concepts/cut/manipulation)
Issey Miyake (manipulation)
Azzedine Alaya (concepts/manipulation)

Top End

• Basso and Brooke
• Dolce and Gabbana
• Alexander McQueen
• Victor and Rolf
• Vivienne Westwood
• John Galliano
• John Paul Gaultier
• Roberto Cavalli
• Marc Jacobs
• Stella McCartney
• Clements Ribeiro
• Loewe
• Etro
• Anna Sui
• Sophia Kokoslaki

• Lacroix
• Lanvin 
• Prada 
• Preen 
• Pucci
• Sonia Rykiel 
• Kenzo
• Balmain

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