Graduation project at MAU
My primary subject was visual design, and I researched Japanese culture as a theme. I produce an essay and experimental garments as my final work.
The idea of layers come from some of my previous work on Japanese culture and fashion. I wrote an essay about Japanese fashion that talked about layering in traditional costumes such as the kimono, and in young people’s “street” styles in fashionable areas such as Tokyo’s Harajuku district.
As a result of my research, I define “layers” as a manifestation of Japanese culture. When I examined Japanese culture, and compared it with Western culture, I saw many examples of layered structures.
The origin of these characterstics lies in Japan’s contemporary and historical environment, both physical and societal. However, I consider these characteristics as also being important parts of Japan’s cultural future.
Further, I was inspired by the book “Understanding Media: the Extensions of Man” (McGraw-hill, 1964), by Herbert Marshall McLuhan. McLuhan posits the idea that everything is an extension of the body. For example, scissors are an extension of the hands, and bicycles and cars are extensions of our feet. And, clothing is an extension of our skin. If we define the body as the first layer and clothing as the second layer, what are layers 1.5, or 2.5?
Step 1 - Develop ideas from previous work
Step 2 - Research Japanese symbolic and visual culture
Step 3 - Exploring extensions of our bodies as media (an idea from Understanding Media: the Extensions of Man (McGraw-hill, 1964) by Herbert Marshall McLuhan
Step 4 - Combine the two ideas of layering in Japanese culture and extensions of the body as media
Step 5 - Draw images
Step 6 - Create experimental garments based on these ideas