Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Eye-Catching Prints: The Designs of Tsumori Chisato

The Japanese fashion designer Tsumori Chisato worked with Issey Miyake before starting her own line of flirty dresses, diaphanous skirts, and multi-faceted tops with an emphasis on fabric and construction. Her loose-fitting dresses, many of which are fashioned from exquisitely patterned whisper-thin fabrics, are wearable works of art. The folkloric prints are reminiscent of the whimsy that underlies the fashion brand Oilily, and feature unique tailoring that recalls the work of Miuccia Prada. While many of Chisato's garments are extremely detailed and intricate, others have a purposefully unfinished quality about them that alludes to the actual process of creation. Though her clothing usually comes at a high price, I've located an outlet website that offers a huge array of her garments at a MAJOR discount. We're talking $500 sun-dresses marked down to $130. Three of my favorite looks are shown, but take the time to look through the selection on the website, because there are so many other beautiful pieces that you'll want in your own closet.

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