if you click on the title below…nothing happens…really nothing… it was a video but it was taken down…
Originally this was going to be a post about the Utilitarian/Techno Fashion of 90’s through early 00’s, but I couldn’t find enough information to post about it, so I’ll have to revisit that one later…but what I did find was the deconstruction of fashion that was going on around that same time. Deconstruction has been around a lot longer than the 90’s, whenever the wearer got tired of trying to fit into the established mode a new one was created, new styles and attitudes towards fashion has been formed from deconstruction – less fabric, more fabric, inside out, upside down, barely there, “wrong” fabrics, found textiles, maximum volume,…ect…the catalyst in the past has ranged from freedom of movement, sexual politics, shock value, art, (Rock – Punk) music in the 60’s through 80’s…and environmentalism from 60’s to present (What to do with all those 90’s-00’s Express or Rampage dresses that fill up thrift stores today?) From the 1990’s to present it has been about a response to new technologies which offered more information and mobility, and a need to retain one’s individuality amid the influx of mass market fashion. A theme also found in the Utilitarian/Techno dressing of the same time, only Deconstruction differs in its refusal to be a reproducible garment.
If Minimalism rejects excess, then Deconstruction embraces it to create structural change. Deconstruction is highly personal and always starts at the street level, and when it does influence the fashion houses, the few designers who work in this aesthetic take it very personally and allow their work to speak for itself…
American Designer/Artist, Billy Bowers shown in his own design, from Native Funk & Flash (1974)
Zandra Rhodes 1977 exhibit -beautifully draped jersey with torn raw edges, safety pins and chains
Last but not least I wanted to end this post with Issey Miyake’s APOC 1999 – He literally takes cut-out clothing to a new level, the construction of a new garment is cut from a tube shape piece of cloth
Native Funk and Flash http://www.amazon.com/Native-Funk-Flash-Emerging-Folk/dp/0912020385