Detail: Vintage Junya Watanabe 'No Construction' black knitted tunic, trimmed with integrated wire coil neck piece. Arm holes are finished with irregular raw fringe. One of his most celebrated collections of the late 90; Wantanabe experimented with feeding coils of wire through flat panels of fabric to fuse garment and avant-garde jewellery.
Period: AW 1998. Research reference 'Future Beauty - 30 Years of Japanese Fashion' Page 104-5
Junya Watanabe began his career as a pattern-maker and designer working alongside his mentor Rei Kawakubo at Comme des Garcons. He quickly established himself as a talent who pushed the boundaries in conceptual art-fashion, techniques in pattern manipulation and innovative use of synthetic materials. Launching his own label in 1992, Junya Watanabe caused a sensation in 1993 when presenting his first collection in Paris. Today, his early work has been elevated as one of the key designers to collect.
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