Saturday, 30 October 2010

Wabi-sabi, Rei, Isse and Yohji

Rei Kawakubo



Rei Kawakubo


Isse Miyake

Isse Miyake

Isse Miyake

Isse Miyake



Yohji Yamamoto


Yohji Yamamoto


Ikebana - Japanese floral art


Shinto temple garden



The Japanese have 3 alphabets


Respect for yourself and others means you deserve beautifully prepared food.

Fashion Link

Wabi-sabi is a concept that comes from Japanese culture and in particular - aesthetics. Imperfect, impermanent and incomplete. It is tricky to define but can be described as the beauty of imbalance and transcience (moving on, changing). The term applies to many fields from food presentation to papermaking, kimono and obi silk weaving to flower arranging and much more. Nature is a huge source of inspiration and directly linked to wabi-sabi. Japanese live in a very interactive way and have a great sense of humour and pride in their national identity

The Japanese live on islands that are 70% impossible to habitate due to their mountainous and volcanic base. Therefore, with space difficult to find and a large population, living is structured and condensed into small spaces. The Japanese find beauty in small details, natural materials and create completeness in miniature worlds using techniques such as bonsai. Lifestyles in Japan are centred around tradition and the family with strict codes of ethics in both younger and older generations. Respect is paramount and integrates society in different ways among different age groups. The Japanese excel at research and development and for centuries have been leaders in product innovation.
Japanese fashion is a response to the way the Japanese live and takes many guises from the controlled and balanced to the exuberant. Isse Miyake and Yohji Yamamoto are perhaps the most established and influential and wabi-sabi is evident in their work.

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