UNDERCOVER and TAKAHIROMIYASHITATheSoloist
On Thursday, January 11th, 2018 UNDERCOVER by Jun Takahashi and TAKAHIROMIYASHITATheSoloist. will present their Fall/Winter 2018-19 menswear collections in Florence.
“UNDERCOVER will be back in Florence after nearly nine years”, says Lapo Cianchi, Pitti Immagine director of communications and events, “along with TAKAHIROMIYASHITATheSoloist. For the first time ever these two visionary Japanese designers, who also happen to be great friends, will stage back-to-back shows that will serve as a symbolic expression of not only their friendship, but also of the mutual respect for one another’s work.”
“We are very happy that Jun Takahashi, who has been at the forefront of the fashion avant-garde for more than twenty five years, considers Pitti Uomo to be the only stage for his menswear shows. As to TAKAHIROMIYASHITATheSoloist., this will be his Pitti Uomo debut that we have been looking forward to for two reasons. First, because we have always held Miyashita’s previous fashion shows for his first label, Number (N)ine, in high regard, and second, because this will be the first show of TAKAHIROMIYASHITATheSoloist outside of Japan.
“We believe that, independently of each other, Takahashi and Miyashita – with their personal inspiration, design, styling, and uncompromising production methods – are extraordinary figures on the contemporary fashion scene. And we are very happy to provide a platform for expressing their longstanding friendship that stems from their shared cultural and social backgrounds, starting from Tokyo’s street punk scene and a passion for music.”
“We are sure that the back-to-back shows will highlight the work of these two talents. Undercover’s dizzyingly postmodern yet sublime looks, and Takahashi’s unconventional considerations of the beautiful and the weird will be juxtaposed against Miyashita’s forays into the Western imagination and youth culture transformed through his unique design vision. I truly hope that once again Florence will prove to be an endless source of inspiration for these designers, as well as for their global audience.”
Born in September 1969 in Kiryu, Japan, Jun Takahashi received fashion education at Tokyo’s Bunka Fashion College. While at Bunka, Takahashi started “UNDERCOVER”. Along with Nigo of A Bathing Ape, they opened an iconic store “Nowhere” in Tokyo’s Harajuku district known for its epxerimental fashion. There, Takahashi pioneered the merging of streetwear and fashion design, strongly influenced by youth culture. He presented his first women’s show in Tokyo in 1994, and his first Paris women’s show in 2002. In 2010, Takahashi became the first fashion designer to collaborate with Nike on a multi-seasonal basis with his GYAKUSOU line of running gear. He has also collaborated with Uniqlo. In 2015, UNDERCOVER celebrated its 25th anniversary with a major retrospective museum exhibit in Tokyo. Takahashi is widely considered to be one of the most creative designers working today.
Takahiro Miyashita was born in Tokyo in 1973. Miyashita, who has no formal fashion training, began designing by deconstructing and reconstructing clothes when he was a teenager. After doing some design work for the popular Tokyo store Nepenthes in Harajuku, he launched his first line, Number (N)ine in 1996. He began showing his menswear in Paris in 2003 to wide critical acclaim. Miyashita’s clothes were infused with influences from American youth culture, rock music ranging from the Beatles to Nirvana and Nine Inch Nails, and the films of Gus Van Sant, all filtered through his unique design lens. After leaving Number (N)ine in 2009, Miyashita started TAKAHIROMIYASHITATheSoloist. in 2010. The name was symbolic of his desire to be a true auteur of his work. “The Soloist is more personal for me. What feels right for me at the moment is to express what’s closer and more private,” Miyashita said in an interview earlier this year.
Jun Takahashi | Photo: Yoshie Tominaga, Takahiro Miyashita | Photo: Takao Oshima