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This project brings together the tenets of both Yohji Yamamoto and Levis. The focus is on garments which are stylish and ageless. Both these brands have their focus firmly on designs which are not trend led, But classic. Easy to wear and sexy. The inspiration comes from armour, both Japanese and European. Armour is hard wearing and protective, like the clothes from these brands. It provides reference for hard moulded parts made from carbon fibre composites. The methods used for this fabrication are adapted From those I learnt in my training as a dentist. The moulded sections combine with tessellated patterns through metal fastenings. This uniform smocking is a traditional technique for controlling volume. Chainmail, worn under plate armour is the seed of this idea. The details enhance an oversized silhouette which stands away from the body In folds and flow of fabric. This can be drawn in or left loose. Think of the capes and under robes worn by warriors of both cultures. The detail is inspired by armour, but the main influence for the silhouette Is the clothes of the working class. Large, utilitarian and tough. The fabrics are wool, denim and cotton. All hearty and hardy. The colours are urban. Black, blue, grey and white are strong and un-dulled. They ensure that this collection, from Autumn/ Winter 2013 can be worn well beyond that date. There is a contrast between structured, formal elements and loose, organic elements Which I hope will lead to an interesting juxtaposition.

Yohji Yamamoto for Levis

A Timeless Story


A Timeless Story

Yohji Yamamoto for Levis

Concept


A Timeless Story

Yohji Yamamoto for Levis

Colour


A Timeless Story

Yohji Yamamoto for Levis

Silhouette


A Timeless Story

Yohji Yamamoto for Levis

Customer


Cotton Width 100 cm £2/m

Carbon Fibre fabric Width 100 cm £35/m

Cotton Width 100 cm £2/m

Bias binding, Cotton Finished width 1 cm £8/50m

Poly Cotton Width 100 cm £2/m

Trigger Hooks 0.55/piece

Denim, Light weight Width150 cm £5/m

Rings £2/piece

Denim, Heavy weight Width 150 cm £3.5/m

Elastic Width 4 cm £1.25/m

Wool, Medium weight Width 150 cm £12/m

Zip, Invisible

Wool, Heavy weight Width 150 cm £15/m

A Timeless Story

Yohji Yamamoto for Levis

Fabrics & Trims


Carbon Fibre is applied in situations requiring streng th, durability and impact resistance, just like armour


Aramid is a high technology fibre, which is used to manufacture bulletproof vests. The production techniques are similar to carbon fibre. I can see this concept going forward in the form a highly fashionable and protective garment, which performs like armour.


Yohji Yamamoto for Levis

A Timeless Story

A Timeless Story  

A conceptual design project looking at ageless garments. The old and new are juxtaposed. Armour and smocking sti comfortably next to carbon...

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