Today I thought I would hit y'all up with some fabbo inspiration type stuff, like yo.
I mentioned cleaning out the wardrobe recently... I have a few garments hanging in my wardrobe that have been there for years, that will never be tossed out even though I don't wear them anymore; for a number of random reasons. Including stuff that is amazing and/or inspiring to me in some artistic or sartorially interesting way.
This Yoshiki Hishinuma blouse falls into that category.
It is a deep grey/taupe, polyester chiffon blouse; that has been heat set into randomly spaced, slightly wavey, deep permanent pleats, laid flat with the pleated folds in place, and then rollered over with some sort of stiff plastic creamy-yellow paint. When one wears it, the pleats open, revealing the unpainted grey chiffon sections ... It must have been constructed completely right up until sewing on the buttons stage before "painting", since the buttonholes are painted over also. The buttons themselves are of nacre, sewn on with the rough side facing out and the polished bit underneath.
I bought it in a second hand shop about 7 years ago, and it was already a wee bit damaged then. But I loved it so much, so I still wore it carefully for a further year before it deteriorated even more and then I stopped wearing it because I was worried about ruining it completely. Particularly, the paint in the underarm area was very vulnerable to wear.
I have kept the blouse because it is utterly unique and beautiful, and I have often thought about reproducing the concept myself.
On the back; one can just see the faint embossed shadow of the front collar points in the paint.It is made in Japan; of course.. in my opinion arguably the most inspiring sartorial country on the planet, and interested fellow aspiring creative-clothing devotees can read more about the designer here and view some others of his pieces here