"In the backyard of the [Royal Academy of Fine Arts] school was this little building, on the verge of collapsing. You would have to very carefully go over the stairs, because if you took one mis-step, you could literally push your feet through them. It was almost dangerous. So I think that the whole thing melted well together. It was the switch from the 80s to 90s, the reaction on excess with minimalism and deconstruction, the first appearance of grunge. So that feeling of romanticism, together with the history, the building and the run down corridors with the statues, it really did make a big impact on how you formed your visual language. I really think there was something quite dark and magical about it, matching perfectly the zeitgeist of the period."

— Willy Vanderperre
Issey Miyake autumn / winter 1996
Yasumasa Morimura, No.1
In 1996, Yasumasa Morimura and Issey Miyake created a series of five dresses on which Morimura’s printed image of his own body is joined to that of an idealised, neo-classical beauty from an oil painting by the French artist Jean-Auguste Ingres.
scan from issey miyake: pleats please
photographed by mario rizzi

Issey Miyake autumn / winter 1996

Yasumasa Morimura, No.1

In 1996, Yasumasa Morimura and Issey Miyake created a series of five dresses on which Morimura’s printed image of his own body is joined to that of an idealised, neo-classical beauty from an oil painting by the French artist Jean-Auguste Ingres.

scan from issey miyake: pleats please

photographed by mario rizzi


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