NOIR KEI NINOMIYA
Since the swinging 60’s, London has been known for leading the cutting edge of fashion design. Now the emphasis is shifting from garment design to materials and London remains a heartbeat ahead as designers experiment with alternative non-woven materials. During my stay in London, I came across fashion pieces that have been constructed with silicone rubber. Vivienne Westwood, no stranger to experimentation, produces a variety of shoes in rubber as well as both a pullover and a pair of shorts for men. Melitta Baumeister cast molds of her finished garments into rubber. Craig Green dipped his sleeves in rubber and also used a type of material that resembles the styrofoam-like paper used for packing. Other unconventional methods of producing clothes included the return of Tyvek for shirts by the brand Kolor while Noir Kei Ninomiya combined laser-cutting and raw finishing with metal hardware. This type of clothing begins to blur the line between conventional apparel and wearable sculpture.
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