"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, A-POC, 2000
A-POC boutique
The A-POC space in Paris was conceived of as a support: to carry the clothes and accessories of a collection that changes and evolves every six months. The very open principle allows the space to have a different image over the course of time. 
A-POC is made in a sequence in which thread literally goes into a machine and re-emerges as a piece of clothing, an accessory, or even a chair. This interactive new method not only reduces leftover fabric but also permits the wearers to participate in the final step of the design of their clothing.

Issey-Miyake, A-POC, 2000

A-POC boutique

The A-POC space in Paris was conceived of as a support: to carry the clothes and accessories of a collection that changes and evolves every six months. The very open principle allows the space to have a different image over the course of time. 

A-POC is made in a sequence in which thread literally goes into a machine and re-emerges as a piece of clothing, an accessory, or even a chair. This interactive new method not only reduces leftover fabric but also permits the wearers to participate in the final step of the design of their clothing.


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