Constellation- Deconstructing Form and Materials

Japanese Design Challenging Western Fashion Ideologies 


-How materials we use can interact with forms.

-Always looking at form and function within materiality.

-Considering the tradition within your discipline and how they can be modified.

-How we can challenge the norm.

Yamamoto Designs


  • He likes to design dresses that are against societies expectations.
  • We have been grown to know the western traditional dress sense and he likes to show the comparison to how he defys the rules and creates a certain uniqueness to it.
  • Clothes can’t be separate from their function, which is to cloth the body.
  • He deliberately went for a materialistic form to convey the dress to have sharp corners. Where as if it were made of silk, it would fall.


  • “The most valuable lesson learnt from Yamamoto is that sartorial and cultural conventions are flexible not absolute.” (Kawamura, 2011, P67)
  • He likes to challenge the idea of how we perceive clothing. (Breaking rules)
  • He explans that, is there not a place for clothing to become Art? Challenging the function of how we wear things.


  •  Here he presents his work to have a Genderless- destabilizeation to fashion. We wouldn’t have to segregate people of their identities through this style of fashion.
  • Why can’t we extend and reform.
  • Materials disguise the so called ‘imperfections.’
  • If clothing is left for a certain amount of time they will begin to mold and decay. The V&A realized his designs were doing just that, but he didn’t want anything to change. He wanted to show the world that designs do grow old and that there is room for the new.
  • He likes to tamper with the way he designs his dress. What parts he wants to reveal and the parts he wants too conceal.
  • The ideal of western fashion is going out the window, the notion of deconstructing the fashion and breaking the rules, has allowed them to speak the truth of materialism.
  • If the outfit or the ideals project frails, let it frails because the imperfections can be just as beautiful.


Gender & Beauty

  • Symmetry is the norm of beauty.
  • 1950s women were skinny, but you could buy a bra that would lift your boobs and a corset that would make your waist small. Even from this era we were false advertising our identities.


My Thoughts 

I can relate this back to my discipline, because I don’t always have to disguise the imperfections of a poster or video. Sometimes making the pieces that are bold and distinctively wrong could be the course to perfection. What is perfection? Who says what works and what doesn’t, it the people that step out of the norm and adventure into the unknown that succeed. It just shows me to respect the imperfections and learn to embrace them.


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