Inspirational Books

Eco Fashion

Eco Fashion looks at different approaches to ethical and ecologically friendly fashion through individual designer labels.  From partnering with indigenous communities, using sustainable or recycled materials, slow fashion to waste-free construction and pattern-making methods, this interesting book describes each designer’s practice accompanied with lots of beautiful photographs.  The book is written by Sass Brown, a full time professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.

Rei Kawakubo: Refusing Fashion
ReFusing Fashion:  Rei Kawakubo is essentially a beautifully photographed, thoughtful catalogue of an exhibition of Rei Kawakubo and her label COMME des GARÇONS that was held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit in 2008.  The exhibition is part retrospective but each collection is carefully displayed in the context of Kawakubo’s innovative concepts that inspired the design. See also Kawakubo’s Dover Street Market.

Japan Fashion Now

Japan Fashion Now examines how fashion has moved since the break through world-wide influence of Japanese designers Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto from the early 1980’s to today.  Lots of beautiful photographs,  insightful commentary and essays.

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