There are so many fashion designers to take inspiration from. The one that has given me the most to aspire to (so far) is Issey Miyake. I first learned of Issey Miyake when I traveled to Japan for the International Shibori Symposium of 2005. We were on a 1-day excursion visiting galleries and fashion boutiques. We arrived at the Issey Miyake boutique in Tokyo and were given a tour and explanation into the processes of his line A-POC. A-POC is an innovative knitwear line that requires no sewing. A great deal of planning goes into knitting a piece of cloth in the round, so when it is done knitting you can just cut around the different clothing and voila! It’s a shirt! I remember being blown away. Whoa! There is no sewing involved?! You can get the idea from the photos.
Some of us were allowed to cut our own garments right off the bolt. I bought a pair of long socks with fringe and have subsequently cut the sole off of them to become a pair of long gloves (pre-Xmittens, even).
Issey Miyake also has several other lines that emphasize the use of color and texture. Check out more about his latest line by reading The Cutting Edge: Fashion from Japan.