Akiko Fukai

Curator; Academic; Writer; Lecturer / Fashion Design / Japan / Kyoto Costume Institute

Books Every Fashion Designer Should Read

A fashion designer should first of all understand the power of authentic clothing. The real clothes that real people wear demonstrate the richness and diversity of human thought. . . . View the complete text
11 books

This book, written in 1971 by an architect, still has many interesting angles from which to consider why we dress.

Walter Benjamin

An unfinished lifelong project of the philosopher Walter Benjamin; an enormous collection of writings on the city life of Paris during the 19th century, with many references to fashion.

Challenging to read, this book contains many references to clothing and textiles, which might provide a source of inspiration for designers.

A study of clothes by a psychoanalyst of the Lacanian school. The author argues the question of the essentials of clothing.

Explores feminism in painting, addressing the themes of modernity, sexuality, and repression.

Jun’ichiro Tanizaki

Theory of Japanese culture written in 1933 by an acclaimed Japanese novelist who considered shadows the core of Japanese aesthetics.

Hiroki Azuma

Examines the contemporary Japanese subculture of anime, manga, etc. It is indispensable to learn about what has happened in this field to understand contemporary Japanese street fashion, which is being watched worldwide.

Kenya Hara

Theory of design that, although by a graphic designer, speaks to the the essentials of all design.

Rei Kawakubo

Reveals Rei Kawakubo's dynamic power of creation.

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