“Fashion is architecture. It is a matter of proportion.” -Coco Channel
The Mary Basket collection of contemporary Japanese fashion was recently on display at the Textile Museum on S street. Pieces by Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto were presented as groundbreaking examples of avant garde design from the 1970s and early 1980s. By innovating new formal abilities of cloth through structural pleating as well as focusing on abstract silhouettes that are at times incongruous with the human shape, monochromatic color pallets, asymmetry, and graphics, these designers effectively set the stage for the postmodern movement in fashion.