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BODY HIDING THROUGH GARMENTS

   Fashion is often mistaken with simple clothes that you wear to not be naked.  But fashion is an art, a noble art. An art that you wear, an art that has no limits, an art who represents you, an art that comments you. 

In other words, the clothes made out of this art shouldn't and don't have to look what we usually expect them to look like.

 

    In this script, I'm commenting looks that fully hides the body with unique geometrical shapes.  

The designers, commented bellow, didn't create garments that look like some regular blazers or trousers. They broke the limits of conventional clothing pieces to create unique and uncommon shapes, mostly using geometrical shapes to make them look like unwearable and yet, they are wearable.

    What's really eye catching with these looks is the fact that the body is fully hidden. We don't know what the body underneath looks like while our daily common clothing pieces give a lot away on our body shapes. While these  don't. They cover most parts of the body and distort its shape, making the person look transparent. People no longer give attention to who's wearing it, the eyes are totally captured by what's worn. And this, this is art. 

People wearing clothes become canvas. Just like paintings. We often don't  care about the size of the canvas or its shape, its material. All we care about is the art that is painted on it. 

Any person from any color, any shape, any ethnicity, any gender could wear what's worn and yet it wouldn't change the effect, the feeling, the story of the clothing pieces. Human bodies no longer matter. 

The only message sent is the one from the piece that you are wearing. 

It is incredible to dissociate what's worn from who's wearing it. And these designers did it.

  Comme des Garçons is the perfect exemple for this concept. Rei Kawakubo is known for her unconventional designs. Since 2013, she decided to no longer design clothes and to just create, create art.

Making a shape in which a woman is conventionally pretty doesn't interest me at all.

  Rei Kawakubo is definitely not following the male gaze or the society's expectations on women's bodies. One of her most known collection is "Body meets dress, Dress meets body" from 1997 where distortions were created on the models with integrated bumps on the dresses. A collection where she clearly mocked the feminine ideals. 

I'll say that Comme des Garçons is the most dedicated to this concept of body hiding. Here are some exemples in the following chronological order: 1997 - 1997 - 2012 - 2019.

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  One of the most used adaptation of body hiding is through puffer clothes. The first one is a very known collaboration between Moncler and Craig Green. Garments are based on a regular puffer jacket and trousers but they are extremely puffy and have some sorts of belts giving them their unique shape. The interpretation of Moshiko Koshido on the second and Junya Watanabe's on the third one are very similar too. Yoshiki Hishinuma's interpretation also involves puffiness but the garments are creating a star-kind-off form whilst the other ones are based on common clothing pieces. 

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  The concept has also been used with more "elegant" dresses. These garments are, then, a bit more wearable, may I say. The three of them are based on a conventional dress but the used materials are making them norms breaking. 

In order; Junya Watanabe, 2000; Hussein Chalayan, 2000; ALexander Mcqueen; Gareth Pugh, 2018.

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  Of course that Issey Miyake has to be mentioned if we are talking about geometrical and unique shapes. Issey's collections are very well known for the fluidity and the bounciness of the materials and these looks down below are a perfect combination of fluidity and body hiding. The first one is the look created for David Bowie.

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Other exemples are available in the galerie.

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