2014 Autum/ Winter – Wrapping Memory in Japan.
This collection seeks to explore the core value of Japanese culture: How they translate the traditional to modern society.
In the developing stage of my project – 2014 Autumn/ Winter collection, I was initially inspired by a project done by Michel Aguilera in 2008 called Vetements de Hiroshima. He used series of photography to present the clothing reserved after the atomic bomb in the Second World War from the Peace Memorial Museum in Japan. Through these photos, he wanted to evoke people’s memory of nuclear fire.
The following process of developing is looking into their traditional culture (wrapping culture: not just the idea of using clothe for carrying and transporting goods but the value can be seen in many aspects of wrapping, including the way of presentation, the meaning of politeness, and the believed social status.) and pop culture (street fashion affected by western society after the second world war). With an intention to show the transformation process in fashion terms, I focused on the change of the traditional Japanese fashion culture and observed how their traditional fashion have been transformed by the mix of Western pop culture into their own culture.
Also, I researching and analyzing the central value of japanese designers, Designers in Japan use extraordinary methods to challenge the construction and traditional logic of clothes; they are the experts in using this concept to recreate and give a new definition to the existing designs. The design concepts of Japanese designers always re-contextualise, challenge the traditional rule, rethink the old ideas and refine the old forms. In my 2014 Autumn/Winter collection, I would like to use this idea to reinvent the old memory by the means of using traditional technique – ‘embroidery’ to recreate a new mood for the memory, wrap the horrific past to beautiful and represent in the contemporary fashion.
Lastly, I would like to apply the wrapping culture to package the old/traditional form and the memory from the Second World War with the intention to reinvent new designs for the contemporary fashion industry. Covering the negative memory with a new layer and be represented in a beautiful and delicate way to reverse and bring a change to the memory of the destruction in the Second World War in Japan.