First edition. Tall 8vo., 176pp., profusely illustrated in b&w and colour in stiff colour printed wrapper. Tokyo, Kodansha International, 1984.
Creasing/ water damage to wrapper and front free endpaper.
A book packed with detail in an endlessly fun layout - radical Tokyo hairstyles, imperial costume and Kabuki makeup, the kimonos worn by the Ama diving women or an intricately quilted fisherman’s coat. Koren brings his deep knowledge of Japanese cultural history and aesthetics to a discussion of contemporary fashion design. The work of Issey Miyake, Yohij Yamamoto, Kansai Yamamoto, Rei Kawakubo, Takeo Kikuchi, Shin Hosokawa and Jürgen Lehl are profiled detailing their influences, forms and materials. The book also includes a lively survey of Japanese fashion in print and interviews with Tokyo residents chatting about their clothes.