Written Beforehand

Written Beforehand

Today involved a lot of click click clickety click as I was doing a bit of intense work research concerning Japan Fashion Week, something which I've never wholly felt confident writing about because I gather it works in an entirely different way from the big four, exists in a system within Tokyo and without having seen the clothes in person (zero stockists here…), it's even harder to wax lyrical.  Of course there's a whole haul of designers to trawl through that are quite amazing in their own right, though sadly with largely Japanese-only website.  One of the standout names Writtenafterwards, thankfully has thrown an English lifesaver to me and so an afternoon of clicking around ensued, combing through previous collections, projects and newsbites and more Googling.  After all of that, it turns out the work that caught my eye the most were the initial projects/collections of the two founding designers of Writtenafterwards; Yoshikazu Yamagata and Kentaro Tamai (who no longer works for Writtenafterwards)     

Both are Central Saint Martins graduates and so their graduate projects were formulated here… this is Kentaro Tamai's… a set of faded florals, linen and cotton separates… a romantic and rumpled bit of tailoring with a hint of nostalgia that looks perfect hanging on the washing line…





Then there's Yoshikazu Yamagata's giant bra and panties project…. those are some pretty perfect cups there… contrasted in the most hilarious way with the kids who were probably at the age when the word "Bra" is something akin to having the lurgies…



Writtenafterwards have since gone on to do more 'projects' as opposed to seasonal collections but for now, I'm quite content in regressing to the roots of their work…


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  1. Emily

    2009-08-27 at 9:51 PM

    This is so cute!!!! Usually these type of things are a bit freaky or scary but this is just fun!

  2. Isabel

    2009-08-27 at 9:54 PM

    I love the idea of displaying the clothes on a clothesline instead of a model. Genius!

  3. love-di

    2009-08-27 at 10:08 PM

    ahh thank you so much! i have the image of the bra/pantie saved tomy computer and have been trying to figure out where it is from. thank you!

  4. tanya

    2009-08-27 at 10:39 PM

    lololol love the pun with the post title 🙂

  5. Jaime

    2009-08-27 at 11:43 PM

    i’ve loved that shot of the oversized bra & panties since I first saw it… it works for me. 🙂

  6. Brigadeiro

    2009-08-28 at 12:01 AM

    Oh my the giant ‘smalls’ are hilarious & brilliant! 🙂

  7. Hannah

    2009-08-28 at 12:43 AM

    Oh I LOVE the giant undergarments! Perfect!

  8. Barbro

    2009-08-28 at 12:44 AM

    The last picture is so adorable <3

  9. kit @ the fashion assistant

    2009-08-28 at 12:45 AM

    love the giant undies, i’m sure Tim Walker would liked to have them featured in his work

  10. Natalie

    2009-08-28 at 1:29 AM

    looks like they could consume the little kids!!

  11. katie d

    2009-08-28 at 1:49 AM

    omg hahaha thats awesome.

  12. Nathalie

    2009-08-28 at 1:53 AM

    I did not know those were giant panties and bra at first because I didn’t read the text beforehand and also did not notice the children! I was confused by the proportions though. I think I just thought the panties were plus-size and then the bra next to it made it seem smaller, but the proportions were still off. Then I paid more attention to the pics and saw children. haha.

  13. Leah

    2009-08-28 at 2:44 AM

    Thanks Suzie for this interesting feature on these Japanese duo. I love the giant bra and panty project.

  14. freckles and fringe

    2009-08-28 at 4:33 AM

    Those are aweeeeeeesome photos! So cool.

  15. UNordinaryChic

    2009-08-28 at 5:19 AM

    We need to put on an exhibit like that in Central Park!

  16. Happy Eid Sms

    2009-08-28 at 8:24 AM

    Too biggi good for advertisment…

  17. Make Do Style

    2009-08-28 at 9:18 AM

    Brilliant – the root is always the most vibrant before commercial gain takes hold!

  18. Miss-Maple

    2009-08-28 at 10:37 AM

    you know what? this kind of giant bra hangs in my city at the old market aqare between some buildings. got to check if it’s from this guy:)

  19. Winnie

    2009-08-28 at 10:51 AM

    Haha, the giant bra and knickers are brilliant!!

  20. kirsty

    2009-08-28 at 11:20 AM

    Oh i absolutely love the pics! so much fun! xxxx


    2009-08-28 at 1:02 PM

    These are fantastic, def a Tim Walker style piece : ))

  22. C

    2009-08-29 at 9:49 AM

    Really good way to show the clothes. The big bra and knickers somehow made me think of James and the giant peach.

  23. Anonymous

    2009-09-08 at 6:13 PM

    The giant bra would give me nightmares thinking about the giant boobs needed to fill those cups!
    Flaming Xena

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    2010-11-02 at 12:25 AM

    It is really a great visual and soul feat for me after reading you blog.

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    2011-05-06 at 7:58 AM

    Really good way to show the clothes. The big bra and knickers somehow made me think of James and the giant peach.

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