Nestled into a modern white gallery space located off the beautiful Jardin de Palais Royal, Mihara Yasuhiro presented his Women’s S/S 2013 collection. As one walked into the first floor open plan space, there were a few apparel pieces to the left and an art video installation to the right. Along the walls in small picture frames, were an endless array of wonderful and delicately fragile butterflies of various colors, sizes, and iridescence.
After last season’s collection of loss and sadness due to the several natural and unnatural disasters in Japan’s recent past, Yasuhiro was inspired by butterflies and the reemergence of things. There was a great freedom and optimism in his small capsule collaboration with Bette Ridgeway, the contemporary American abstract painter. His collection with Ridgeway showed her infamous abstract and colorful watercolors on loosely cut and flowing styles, sometimes accented with leather.
Yasuhiro is known to play with and push beyond the expected and normal constructions of fashion apparel, and has a passion for manipulating fabric whether by hand or machine. His collection is designed, produced and manufactured in Japan.
1. Designers are inspired by so much, what inspires you most, or what do you find yourself often returning to?
I’m often inspired by military things or order-made vintages.
2. What kind of music motivates you when you are creating, and working?
I listen to all kinds of music. When I’m thinking or designing, I always listen to experimental or ambient music.Sometimes I listen to Rock music as well, but the music I listen the most is Bob Dylan’s.
3. What was your very first job, and what was your first fashion job?
4. Is there a particular person or muse you have in mind when you are designing? Who would you like to see wearing your designs?
Of course, but the specific person or muse is not exclusive, it changes every time.
5. How would you describe your brand’s style?
Sublime meets ridiculous
6. Who was your mentor, person you most admired or were influenced by, fashion or otherwise, when you were young?
7. Who do you feel is currently energizing the fashion or design world and why?
8. What makes a good design, and what makes a bad one?
To me, a good design will not be effected by time or be restricted, it will last forever, and bad designs are things that are ugly.
9. How do you feel about the way people dress today, what do you like and/or dislike?
Things change very fast nowadays, so I don’t mind the way people dress today.
10. What would you do if you weren’t a fashion designer?
If I was not a fashion designer, I might become an artist.
11. Which latest tech gadget can you not be without and how does it affect your life?
Apple’s computers, they’re just like my pencil and my hand.
12.Where’s your favorite place to escape to when you are not working and need to recharge or let go?
Beach. I’m deeply in love with surfing.
13.What’s the most important event in your personal or work life, to greatly affect your career as a designer?
The collaboration with PUMA and Presenting my collection from Milan to Paris.
14. Is there anything new and exciting that you would like to share?
Working with Mr.Hosoo who is from a Japanese traditional craft Nishijin-brocade company.
15. Finish this sentence – Fashion, to me is….
Fashion to me is everything.
-Elise Goldberg Santigo
Designer website: www.miharayasuhiro.jp