Two Japanese designers — Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto — revolutionized the fashion industry by abandoning tradition and staying true their own artistic visions. Watch two short films about the designers, then join Curator Lee Talbot for a discussion of their career and influence.
About the Films
The old guard of fashion despised her; the critics never understood her. But for Rei Kawakubo, founder of the renowned fashion label Comme Des Garcons, that was always the point. Kawakubo eschewed conventional standards of beauty, ushering in a new era of anti-fashion. (Fashion Industry Broadcast, 30 minutes.)
Yohji Yamamoto’s innovation has led to groundbreaking collaborations and pop culture moments, such as reinventing Dr. Martens and dressing entertainment icons from Tina Turner to Elton John. His trailblazing Y-3 range with street-sports giant Adidas paved the way for the now billion-dollar athleisure industry. (Fashion Industry Broadcast, 30 minutes.)
About Lee Talbot
Lee Talbot joined The Textile Museum as a curator in 2007, specializing in East Asian textiles. He has curated numerous exhibitions and published catalogues, articles, and textbook chapters. Talbot was previously curator at the Chung Young Yang Embroidery Museum in Seoul, Korea. He has a bachelor’s from Rhodes College, MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and master’s from Bard Graduate Center.
How to Participate
To participate, simply sign up here, and then watch the films at your leisure before Thursday, March 25. The films are available to stream on YouTube: Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto. We will email you a link and instructions for joining our group discussion on Zoom. When you register, you can also ask to receive a reminder email one day before the program with the link included.
About the Fashion on Film Series
Monthly discussions on documentary and feature films explore the world of fashion, design, sustainability, and global textile traditions. Browse upcoming programs
More info here: https://museum.gwu.edu/fashion-film-renegades-fashion