Final Paper Proposal / Topic Choices

  1. VAN

These clothes are made by Japanese designer Kensuke Ishizu. Ishizu started his brand VAN Jacket in 1951. He was one of the most influential designer in Japan from 1950s to 1960s. He was mostly known for introducing American casual look influenced by Ivy league look in Japan. VAN is a great example of how styles are changed, adopted and developed by different cultures for different reasons such as the economic condition. Moreover, his designs and his marketing strategy are still influential until these days.

2. SS 1990 ELLE USA “Artisanal” sleeveless vest made out of papier-mache from street posters and lined with white cotton

This sleeveless vest is made by Martin Margiela in 1990. The vest was featured in Elle USA on January 1990. The vest was made out of layers of posters on the streets using pâpier-maché technique. The model wearing the vest is a Canadian supermodel Yasmeen Ghauri. I thought this cover photo successfully highlights the vest by using minimal typography and the absence of a background. Also, the silver body paint on the model creates a harmony with the vest which looks like a painting. Margiela’s design and his philosophy such as being anonymous and experimenting with materiality heavily influenced my design and style.

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