What I’m reading: Iga Węglińska

Name of the book you are currently reading.

Iga Weglińska: Future beauty: 30 years of Japanese fashion.

Who is the author?

Go: Aiko Fukai, Barbara Vinken, Susannah Frankel, and Hirofumi Kurino.

Future Beauty cover: 30 years of Japanese fashion |  What I'm reading: Iga Węglińska |  STIRworld

cover of Beauty of the future: 30 years of Japanese fashion Image: Courtesy of Iga Węglińska

What is the gender?

Go: Exhibition catalogue—is an album edited by the Barbican Center in Londonaccompanying the exhibition presented at the Barbican Art Gallery in 2011, under the same title as the book.

Do you judge a book by its cover?

Go: I’m a designer, fortunately (or unfortunately), I think I’m programmed to judge a book by its cover (smiles). In this case, the book provokes us to judge it by its cover, since it does not have any title on the cover.

Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion is the first comprehensive survey of avant-garde Japanese fashion of the past 30 years |  What I'm reading: Iga Węglińska |  STIRworld

Beauty of the future: 30 years of Japanese fashion is the first comprehensive survey of avant-garde Japanese fashion of the past 30 years Image: Courtesy of Iga Węglińska

What made you pick it up? Can you highlight any remarkable aspect of the aesthetics of the book’s design, typography, images…

Go: They invited me to write a chapter of a book, about forms of clothing and pattern making. the future beauty it focuses heavily on that area, which is why I picked it up again. japanese designers are masters in that field, and names like Yohji Yamamoto, color palette which helps us focus on a form.

Węglińska's Favorite Future Beauty Pages: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion |  What I'm reading: Iga Węglińska |  STIRworld

Węglińska’s favorite pages of Beauty of the future: 30 years of Japanese fashion Image: Courtesy of Iga Węglińska

The back cover of the book says: Future Beauty is the first comprehensive study of the Japanese avant-garde fashion of the last 30 years. Designers such as Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto and Rei Kawakubo made an enormous impact on the global fashion scene at the end of the 20th century, challenging established notions of beauty and turning fashion into art. Today, a new generation of radical designers, including Tao Kurihara and Jun Takahashi, are rapidly gaining recognition. Written by a team of experts led by eminent fashion historian Akiko Fukai, this spectacular book explores the distinctive sensibility of japanese design–the uniqueness of its shape, cut and fabric. Illustrated with more than 250 photographs and sketches, Future Beauty is an authoritative and stylish guide to some of the world’s most expressive faces. Fashion.

Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion is an exhibition catalog |  What I'm reading: Iga Węglińska |  STIRworld

Beauty of the future: 30 years of Japanese fashion It’s an exhibition catalog Image: Courtesy of Iga Węglińska

Your favorite part(s) of him?

Go: From time to time, the book introduces us designs in two times: flat and spatialized on a body. The compressed, flat, non-spatial shapes sometimes look like origami sculptures, other times like calligraphic characters. They never tell us how they can look on a body. I find it interesting, provocative and magical at the same time.

Węglińska's favorite passage from Future Beauty |  What I'm reading: Iga Węglińska |  STIRworld

Węglińska’s favorite passage from future beauty Image: Courtesy of Iga Węglińska

Did you get any insights or did it help you relax?

Go: Dealing with Japanese fashion always inspires me. I often search books on this topic, to stimulate me and push my own limits as a designer.

The book features inspiring Japanese fashion designs |  What I'm reading: Iga Węglińska |  STIRworld

The book features inspiring Japanese fashion designs. Image: Courtesy of Iga Węglińska

Your favorite lines to quote from the book.

Go: “What the clothes of these Japanese designers have in common is that only when worn do they take their final shape, and movement causes them to take on other unexpected shapes.”

The book features works by designers such as Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto and Rei Kawakubo |  What I'm reading: Iga Węglińska |  STIRworld

The book features work by designers such as Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto, and Rei Kawakubo. Image: Courtesy of Iga Węglińska

What time of day do you read?

Go: I am an owl. I live, work and read at night.

Hard books, e-books, or audio/video books?

Go: Hard books always! For me, the whole reading experience is also about tactile and olfactory experiences.

The book features works by designers such as Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto and Rei Kawakubo |  What I'm reading: Iga Węglińska |  STIRworld

The book features work by designers such as Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto, and Rei Kawakubo. Image: Courtesy of Iga Węglińska

A book or the adaptation of a book as a movie that you always want to return to, and why?

Go: I am a fan of biographical books and books about materials. In this field, the ones that affected me the most and to which I return are Alexander McQueen: blood under the skin by Andrew Wilson, and things matter by Mark Miodownik.

The first, because it seems true to the essence and presents the entire process of design and education about McQueen. I recommend it to my students, so that they know that it is a hard game, and you have to dedicate yourself if you want to play.

  • The book explores the fashion scene at the turn of the 20th century, challenging established notions of beauty and turning fashion into art |  What I'm reading: Iga Węglińska |  STIRworld

    The book explores the fashion scene at the turn of the 20th century, challenging established notions of beauty and turning fashion into art. Image: Courtesy of Iga Węglińska

  • Iga Węglińska examines Future Beauty |  What I'm reading: Iga Węglińska |  STIRworld

    Iga Węglińska is examining future beauty Image: Courtesy of Iga Węglińska

The latter, by Mark Miodownik, is a story about matter and materials, but it is not a dry science text. The author takes us on a journey around the world, under a microscope and over skyscrapers, to show us how paper turns yellow, chocolate makes us happier, and concrete can heal itself.

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