Eclectic mix creates a dramatic Undercover fall
June 10, 1997
Web posted at: 4:41 a.m. EDT (0841 GMT)
From Correspondent Elsa Klensch
TOYKO (CNN) -- Designer Jun Takahashi uses a fluid silhouette
and an eclectic mix of his
favorite themes for his fall Undercover collection.
The first theme is ethnic, inspired by Asia, while the second is
gothic in nature, taken from some of his favorite horror
movies: "Dracula," "The Mummy," and "Frankenstein."
"I'm always influenced by everything around me, whether it's
movies, books, materials, fabrics. In fact, for my ethnic
theme, I was inspired by photographs in books, especially a
book I saw on the people of Nepal and how they live,"
Takahashi explains. "But I was also intrigued by some
patterns I saw on Indian rugs."
These patterns were also the inspiration behind his
"The jacquards and some men's sweaters, and I've also done
some coats with leaf patterns, and I think these coats
really carry the ethnic mood that I wanted," Takahashi says.
For the coats, he uses a special fabric.
"I used a woven wool that I shrunk to give that very close,
matte look and then I used dye on the fabric or I printed on
The silhouettes Takahashi uses for his coats come in two
styles. The first is close to the body, while the other is a
voluminous, looser A-line shape.
Takahashi also enjoys the contrast he can create with shapes.
"The statement I'm making with silhouette in general is that
it's okay to mix proportions," Takahashi explains. "In other
words, if you have something tight or close to the body on
top, then it's OK to wear wider pants or something with
volume on the bottom. The opposite can also work, for
instance a shoulder-padded top with narrow pants."
With the gothic-inspired pieces in the collection, Takahashi
likes to make a bold statement. He created the outfits with
an allure reminiscent of 18th-century dresses, but with a
"I printed Dracula faces on the fabric because Dracula is
one of my favorite characters from horror films,"
However, getting the proper effect wasn't always easy.
"I did work hard, but I enjoyed every minute of preparing the
collection, from deciding on the makeup to really trying to
make a nice shape for the clothes" Takahashi says. "I will
admit, though, that the process can be a little like torture
at times, but then there's a great deal of satisfaction, too."
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