Having studied fashion design in Paris, Japanese designer Hiraiwa turns her attention to wearable, ultimately customizable women’s clothing. Hers is a look reminiscent of Issey Miyake and Yohji Yamamoto—almost severe in line, celebrating architectural nonsymmetry, and using rich yet down-to-earth textiles. The 19 products depicted here are showcased upfront in color, with page references to instructions later in the book and occasional notes about how to wear a certain item (e.g., a two-way stole). Assuming that her readers have more than a passing acquaintance with sewing machines, Hiraiwa offers materials lists, cutting notes, and sewing tips. Construction steps are accompanied by detailed instructions (full-size patterns are attached to the back cover). Sewing difficulty is not indicated. First-timers or novices should choose the reversible faux collar or spiral scarves before turning to, say, the sleeveless scarf blouse. --Barbara Jacobs
About the Author
Natsuno Hiraiwa combines her formal training in fashion design with her background in graphic design to create artistic garments. She studied fashion design for three years in Paris and majored in graphic design at art college in Japan.