In an essay by Patricia Mears “Fraying the Edges; Fashion and Deconstruction.” Mears shows that deconstruction in Fashion is not as theoretically influenced as that of architecture.
In the early collections of Comme des Garcons and Yohji Yamamoto deconstructed garments with frayed edges, exposed seams, and deliberate holes and cuts began to appear in high fashion. They were shown in Paris around the same time that deconstructionist theories were being talked about and debated by architects.
The Fashion Photographer, Bill Cunningham first used the term in 1990 issue of Detials then in 1993 Amy Spindler in New York Times article “Coming Apart” she commented on the influence of Japanes designers on the young Belgiuns like Ann Demeulemeester, Martin Masrgiela and Dries Van Noten. She also noted that in 1993 haute couture collection for Chanel, Karl Legaefield used deconstruction. “Leaving the ladies feeling breathlessly avant-garde with a bit of tattered tulle.”
To be continued in the next post…