Junya Watanabe, Spring–Summer 2000
Putting design on the pedestal
Junya Watanabe, protégé of Kawakubo, who presented his first collection in Paris in the early nineties, feels the same way: ‘I worked 365 days a year designing all kinds of commercial collections for Comme des Garçons. Sometimes, while I am working I stumble on a technical problem. That challenges me to make the next collection. I don’t trouble myself with female images.’ For him, too, the model is no more than a living mannequin. The design, the abstract idea, is what dominates, for which the woman is simply a signboard.
Knocking woman off her pedestal, José Teunissen
The Ideal Woman, published by SUN Publishers Amsterdam in cooperation with the ArtEZ Modelectoraat and kaAp, General Studies department, ArtEZ Institute of the Arts