Originally Posted by habia
glad some people are buying it after seeing this thread. Another big thing which really struck me is the relationship between art, time and reproduction/replication. Music (recordings and scores) and books are a couple big ones which can be almost endlessly reproduced particularly with the digital age. And with paintings there is a strong infrastructure of museums and even when paintings do "disappear" into private collections it is likely there are high quality images in archives/online/in books and even more likely that the painting will be put into a public collection upon the death of the owner. Clothing though really can just disappear. People consume it and then it is gone save for photos of runway shows or catalogs/lookbooks which really fail to capture much of a garments facets... one of the main so called problems with online discussion of clothing and fashion; most of the commentors have never seen the clothes in real life, fewer tried it on, worn it/lived with it or seen someone else wear it. Will watch again. The more I think about Notebook on Cities and Clothes the more I learn about it, clothes, architecture, art, life. eh, almost annoying none of my real life friends have similar relationship with clothes as me to discuss this. that is what internet message boards are for I suppose.
yep, that last point you mentioned is why i keep up with online message boards relating to clothing, there isn't anyone i can discuss this passion of mine with outside the net. My parents are the closest people i can think of but as they have gotten older they have less and less interest in clothing/the fashion industry, particularly after having spent a few decades working in it i guess they just got burnt out and wanted to move on to something different. another part of the documentary that i found fascinating was Yohji's obsession with images that seemed to have no clear link to his actual work. Maybe some traces of it were evident in a few of the Sander photographs, but more importantly it seemed he was trying to tap into an intangible mentality when it came to the wearer and his clothing, as if the two were not distinct but rather meshed into a single identity that translated to every other aspect of their lives whether it be work, function, or necessity due to surroundings. With regards to that i think that is the theme he has been trying to express to the world through his work, the idea that he mentioned about wishing people to wear his clothes as if they were a natural extension of their lives, instead of wearing them as part of a 'fashion' discourse. To that extent, i now find it amusing that of all designers, Yohji seems to be one for whom his admirers/followers/detractors place a lot of intellectual value on when discussing, when in fact i think Yohji's intention is to strip away all that pretense and overanalysis. His clothes are in fact one of the labels out there which I think take the least amount of thought to wear.