Designer Spotlight: DressedUndressed

An article by Rin McNutt

DressedUndressed, the duo comprised of Takeshi Kitazawa and Emiko Sato, continues to challenge gender roles in fashion with their Spring 2019 ready-to-wear collection. Their iconic deconstructed trousers once again made an appearance alongside two-buttoned neutral blazers in their edgy take on workwear.

On one blazer the words ‘YOU ARE PRETTY’ are scrawled out in nearly incomprehensible penmanship, hidden underneath an orb containing an unidentified red liquid. The liquid slowly trickles down the blazer as the model walks down the catwalk during Tokyo Fashion Week.

DressedUndressed delivers yet again a genderless and minimalist collection, but this season with even more simplistic perfection than the last. Kitazawa and Sato have mentioned in past interviews that they love to to use black not only because of its elegance, but also “Black hides no flaws, commanding you to get all the details and materials right,” they said. “That is why it is perfect for our clothes, designed with absolute attention to detail.”

Kitazawa has mentioned in interviews that separating the clothing by gender and size feels too stereotypical for their brand. He claims that the oversized clothing feels comfortable anytime on anyone.

Their message is clear for the Spring ’19 RTW as it is every collection: Be bold. Don’t be afraid to mix fabrics or wear androgynous clothing. Remember that no silhouette or pattern is off limits.

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